ABOUT THE RECORDING
The Baroque Theatre of Český Krumlov Castle provides an ideal setting for one of the most important operas in the history of music, Christoph Willibald Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice. Director Ondřej Havelka captures much more than a stage performance by combining period details with a modern psychological interpretation and choosing a cinematic approach that literally takes us behind the scenes of this unique venue.
Bejun Mehta, “arguably the best countertenor in the world today” (Sueddeutsche Zeitung), lends credibility to emotions that torment Orfeo’s heart. His beloved Euridice, Austrian soprano Eva Liebau, juggles joy and jealousy. Bringing comic relief to the opera’s dark tone is Regula Mühlemann as Amore, who cheerily sends mortals zigzagging on their way to life, love, and, maybe, death. The splendid soloists are supported by the Prague orchestra and vocal ensemble Collegium 1704 and Collegium Vocale 1704 under the baton of Baroque specialist Václav Luks. This is the perfect new release to celebrate Gluck’s 300th anniversary in 2014!
– in Italian; English, German, French, Spanish, Korean and Japanese subtitles
– duration: about 76 minutes
– HD, 5.0 surround sound
We would like to inform you that DVDs sold in Europe are made in the European PAL format. Regrettably, we do not have any special edition for the U.S. in the NTSC format. Before you purchase our DVD, please make sure that the disc will work on your device.
Coproduction of Clasart Classic, Unitel, and ORF
In cooperation with Czech Television, SVT, YLE, RSI, and Arthaus Music
Executive producer: BVA International
Christoph Willibald Gluck
Orfeo ed Euridice
Václav Luks | Conductor
Ondřej Havelka | Director
Bejun Mehta | Orfeo
Eva Liebau | Euridice
Regula Mühlemann | Amor