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Stage: Nigel Lowery and Amir Hosseinpour
Recorded live at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Berlin, 8 May 2009
Directed for TV by Andreas Morell • Produced by Paul Smaczny
In the Summer of 2009, the British director Nigel Lowery and the Iranian choreographer Amir Hosseinpour brought to the stage the fantastic and imaginative adventures of ‘Racing Roland’. Haydn’s most renowned opera in his lifetime, Orlando Paladino, was performed on the 200th anniversary of his death under the musical direction of period-music specialist René Jacobs. Freiburg Baroque Orchestra completed this high-class production giving the music a classy sound and lively swing.
TV Format NTSC
Sound PCM Stereo
Dolby Digital 5.1 • DTS 5.1
Subtitles: It, Eng, Fr, Ger
Region Code 0 (worldwide)
Running Time 168 mins
“Anyone doubting Haydn's validity as an opera composer should try this...the vocal performances are consistently good. In the title role, Tom Randle's inventive vocalism and detailed physicality see him through a sequence of mad scenes...René Jacobs and the Freiburg players ensure light textures and liveliness throughout.”
“...the staging's zany, over-the-top energy makes an entertaining case for an opera longer on purely musical delights than on subtlety of characterisation...this DVD could well convert those still unconvinced that Haydn's comic operas, for all their musical beauties, can be made to work in the theatre.”
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