[ Arthaus Blu-Ray / Blu-ray Disc ]
Release Date: Monday 20 April 2009
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Blu-Ray - Axel Köhler, the celebrated counter-tenor who is active in Munich, Halle and Berlin - now also well known for his work as a director - has brought 'Admeto' into the modern era.
Picture format: 1080i Full HD NTSC 16:9
Sound format: PCM Stereo / DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
Menu language: English
Subtitles: Italian, English, German, French, Spanish
Running time: 196 mins
Note: This Blu-ray Disc (BD) is not compatible with standard DVD players
Recorded live from the Opernhaus Halle, 2006.
George Frideric Handel's 'Admeto' is considered one of the most successful operas produced in the fi rst half of the 18th century. Along with 'Radamisto', 'Giulio Cesare', ' tamerlano', 'Rodelinda' and 'Alessandro', which were also written in this period, 'Admeto' belongs to Handel's so-called 'London operas' - works he composed for the Royal Academy of Music. Though born in Halle, Germany, Handel spent most of his adult life in London and became a British subject in 1727.
Axel Köhler, the celebrated counter-tenor who is active in Munich, Halle and Berlin - now also well known for his work as a director - has brought 'Admeto' into the modern era in timeless style by the skilful application of imaginative theatrical digressions. Köhler's production at the Halle Opernhaus revisits a work that encompasses comedy, tragedy and almost absurd grotesqueness and gives it a convincing metaphor in the form of a modern hospital.