Lucio Silla (2 DVD)

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Lucio Silla (2 DVD)
Directors: Claus Guth, Jeremie Cuvillier
Format: NTSC
Language: French, Italian, Spanish, German, English, Japanese, Korean
Region: All Regions
Number of discs: 2
Studio: Bel Air Classiques
DVD Release Date: June 8, 2018
Run Time: 180 minutes

Mozart was not yet seventeen when Lucio Silla was created in Milan one December evening of 1772, yet we can still distinguish in this youthful composition some of the elements that established the exceptionally-gifted child musician as the greatest composer of all times. Indeed, with Lucio Silla, although a neoclassical opera seria in every way, it seems that Mozart was already learning to deconstruct and to free the traditional forms of musical drama from archaic conventions.

We can also identify in this work an aesthetic premise that Mozart didnt formulate until ten years later: it falls to music only to express and to reveal the psychological depths of the characters; and the poetry in the libretto should only be its obedient daughter. The opera is centered around the love Roman dictator Lucio Silla bears for his enemys daughter Giunia, who favors the exiled senator Cecilio as the object of her affection. After many twists and turns, the lovers are united in marriage and Silla renounces his crown.

Tenor Kurt Streit is Lucio Silla, and soprano Patricia Petibon is Giunia for the last time, after having gained international recognition thanks to her numerous performances in this role, while mezzo-soprano Silvia Tro Santafe is the ardent Cecilio. In this monumental production, Claus Guth finds a way to respect both the classical setting and the formal innovations that make the opera so interesting. Ivor Bolton conducts the Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro Real.

 

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