- Actores: María Bayo, Marcello Lippi, Hans Peter Kammerer, Graham Pushee, Louise Winter
- Directores: María Bayo, Marcello Lippi, Hans Peter Kammerer, Graham Pushee, Louise Winter
- Formato: Clásica, DVD Audio, DVD, Pantalla completa, Importación
- Audio: Francés
- Subtítulos: Francés
- Región: Todas las regiones
- Relación de aspecto: 1.33:1
- Número de discos: 2
- Calificación FSK: Para todos los públicos. No se nos ha facilitado la calificación española por edades (ICAA), pero puedes consultarla en la página oficial del ICAA. Las calificaciones por edad y/o versiones de otros países no siempre coinciden con la española. Más información sobre las diferentes calificaciones por edad
- Estudio: Harmonia Mundi Distribution
- Duración: 178 minutos
- ASIN: B000JBWWTM
- Clasificación en los más vendidos de Amazon: nº72.767 en Cine y Series TV (Ver el Top 100 en Cine y Series TV)
La Calisto [Alemania] [DVD]
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La Calisto, 2 DVD, 178 minutes
En exhumant en 1993 cet archétype de l'opéra vénitien, René Jacobs et Herbert Wernicke n'imaginaient sans doute pas que cette "re-création" ferait rapidement le tour du monde. Il faut dire que La Calisto (1651) sait parler au public d'aujourd'hui : d'abord parce que les dieux y sont devenus faillibles, et même lubriques , ensuite parce qu'elle est servie par un véritable bijou de mise en scène et par une réalisation musicale inventive et rigoureuse à la fois. Mêlant sans cesse le noble et le trivial, le comique et le tragique, cette Calisto juxtapose à merveille la déclamation montéverdienne et l'aria nouvelle, mais aussi le divin et le terrestre...
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By the way, I fell so in love with this opera, that I did some reading on Francesco Cavalli, a composer of whom I was totally ignorant. Unfortunately, I was not able to find more of his operas on DVD, but for your information (and delectation), here's a little bit about him, quoted from BAKER'S BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY OF MUSICIANS, FOURTH EDITION: "A pupil of Monteverdi, his chief works were dramatic (41 operas), which show a marked advance, both in breadth of form and power of expression, rhythmic and melodic, over his master. His 'Giasone' (Venice, 1649) was applauded on all the chief stages of Italy; his 'Serse' (Venice, 1654) was the opera chosen for the marriage festivities of Louis XIV in 1660, and his 'Ercole amante' was written for the inaugeration of the hall of the Tuileries (1662). [Cavalli] was also a fine organist, and composed a noble Requiem, and much good church-music." Let's hope more of Cavalli's 41 operas find their way onto our contemporary stage!
I cannot describe this opera production to you, you'll just have to see it for yourself. However, let me say that the whole thing is done with a great sense of fun and it is utterly camp. "Tongue in cheek"? You betchya!Sort of the musical equivalent of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream", and, yes, it is that good! The production is character driven and the small stage features few sets, however this is a very colourful and visually satisfying production. The walls around the stage are a riot of colour and design and the costumes are beautiful and "kind-of" authentic, well, at least they look typically Baroque in a generic Baroque way!
The cast is perfect. Maria Bayo is simply wonderful and beguiling as the chaste and "chased" Calisto. Marcello Lippi in both baritone and countertenor modes is delightful as the "Don Giovanni-esque" Giove and only too willing to get into drag to get the girl! Hans Peter Kammerer is his sidekick, Mercurio, a very Leporello-ish role. Great Aussie countertenor, Graham Pushee, is marvellous the heroic Endimione. French countertenor, Dominique Visse, is incredible as Satirino and he shows, once again, that he is probably one of the best character actor Baroque singers in the business.
The orchestra of Concerto Vocale consists of strings, cornetts, recorders, dulcian and lots of keyboards and lutes. Fans of the cornetto will be in for a real treat! The Bear ciaconna is a highlight.
The whole thing is a fabulous romp from start to finish. Francesco Cavalli was certainly an incredible composer and he seems to have known how to provide a great night's worth of entertainment. Sure, he was no Monteverdi, and don't expect this work to rival "L'incoronazione di Poppea" or "Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria" for depth or insight into the human experience (Cavalli wasn't the psychologist and intellectual Monteverdi was), Cavalli was simply out to entertain with "La Calisto" and "entertain" he certainly does. So "La Calisto" is great adult entertainment and it was written for sophisticated adults who enjoy a good laugh, a bit of sex, a bit of "Camp" [with a capital "C"] and have a sense of the absurd.
Great to see Harmonia Mundi France finally getting into the DVD market.
The overall concept scenically is one of a child's toy box or a pop-up book, or Christmas advent card. It is more graphic (i.e. 2 dimensional) than architectural. This has the advantage of giving space to the music and the acting but also limits the potential artistic vision inherent in the work. Although the set designer in his interview in the special film at the end of the DVD says there were only 2 approaches to this work, an historical one and a more contemporary one, (which he chose), this of course is not true; there are many other possibilities. Considering that this is the only DVD of this work ever made, and that it is a very fine musical and theatrical production it is to be savoured. It won a Choc award from the French magazine Monde de la Musique.
Many of the characters' costumes are from the Venetian Comedia dell'arte stock of characters. Pulcinella, Arlechino, etc. play the roles of others: i.e. sheperds, Pan etc. This decision on the designer's part to use Comedia dell'arte characters for other characters of Cavalli's creation does create an atmosphere of Venetian Carnival and the popular Venetian theatre, but it also does confuse things, and is a bit intrusive. The work is full of eroticism, more carnal than artistic and breathes more the air of popular theatre, highly sexually charged, than that of the theatre of the nobility. The balance is definitely in the direction of popular vulgarity (in a good sense) than in the direction of virtuous nobility. Cavalli has both in an equal dose however. There is something of the decadence of our time here, with phallic graffiti on the stage trap doors etc., which seems out of place however, and is different from the eroticism of the time of the Venetian theatre and Venetian carnival of the 17th century.
The singing is very fine indeed, and the acting and dancing superb. (There's even a dancing bear, an actress dressed as a bear who substituted at the last minute for a real dancing bear when it couldn't learn its role !)
One of the best features of the video is the 58 minute film at the end on the making of this production, where Jacobs, musicians, set and costume designer speak their mind.
Overall a quite brilliant production of a work of a great opera composer after Monteverdi. You will feel the Venetian carnival, the popular Venetian theatre and breathe in a world of opera after Monteverdi and before Scarlatti and Handel.