Marijana Mijanovic (Orlando), Martina Janková (Angelica), Katharina Peetz (Medoro), Christina Clark (Dorinda), Konstantin Wolff (Zoroastro)
Orchestra „La Scintilla“ of the Zurich Opera, William Christie (Conductor) & Jens-Daniel Herzog (director)
Recording Date: 2008
Place of recording: Live Recording from the Opera Zurich House
Running Time: 155 min
Picture Format: 16:9
Sound Format: PCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1
Menu Languages NTSC: D, F, GB, I, JP, SP
Subtitle Languages NTSC: D, F, GB, I, JP, SP
DVD Video - 2 discs
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Set Design / Costumes by Mathis Neidhardt & Lighting by Jürgen Hoffmann.
“Orlando teaches all of us that love is often responsible for our loss of reason,” runs a line from Act 3 of the opera. It is a modest moral, and perhaps one not demanding of the dramatic fi nesse and musical diversity that Handel serves up in Orlando – for the opera’s complex of problems is rather more complicated than that. Yet despite such promising omens, Orlando was adjudged to be little more than a moderate success. There were no subsequent productions after the first performance 1733 in London, the work rapidly disappeared into obscurity and did not find its way back to opera house repertoire until the Handel renaissance of the 1920s. Nevertheless, these centuries of neglect are entirely at odds with the universally undisputed quality of the opera. Beneath the fabric of this masterfully woven constellation of characters and values is a score of such independence and vivacity as to give Orlando a special position among Handel’s works – indeed among opera literature in general. William Christie has staged various productions of Orlando, as well as making what is widely regarded as a standard CD-recording of the work. And yet he never ceases to find something new in this opera, which along with Alcina and Giulio Cesare he considers to be Handel’s finest.
“the singing of all five principals is quite beautiful. Whether with ravishing lyrical lines or spectacular vocal fireworks (a speciality of Orlando), every inspired number is a pleasure to listen to.”
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