Orphee is a poet who becomes obsessed with Death (the Princess). They fall in love. Orphee's wife, Eurydice, is killed by the Princess' henchmen and Orphee goes after her into the ... See full summary »
The Standard for this most wonderful and timeless opera
This is the Orfeo that sets the standard for all the more recent versions. It is the best filmed by far. Excellent camera work and superior sound- What you'd expect from DGG. Singing and original instrument performances are amazing, especially considering this was 1978. The viewer is brought into the action, as are the duke and duchess of Mantua, the townspeople, and Monteverdi himself. The opera itself is spellbinding, and has endured a full 400 years- and for very good reason! There are no tricks or cute "modern" sets, costumes, etc. This is a true revival with unique perspectives. The scenery and costumes are authentic and very beautiful. This is a very, very special DVD, and can be purchased as a box set with the other two extant Monteverdi operas.
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