Have you got yours yet?
Vesselina Kasarova as Ruggiero with Anja Harteros as Alcina
The long awaited date arrived two days ago. On 31st August the DVD of the Vienna State Opera’s production of Handel’s “Alcina” was released and opera lovers, mezzo lovers, Handel lovers, Baroque lovers and especially Kasarova/Harteros lovers, will be feeling mounting excitement as they wait for their copy to be delivered to their door.
The production, by Adrian Noble, was a first for this opera house as it was thought that the more intimate sounds of a baroque orchestra were not suited to the venue. However it went ahead in November last year after a huge amount of White Shirt anticipation and some really lucky people, including White Shirts, attended – some more than once! Our very own Thadieu was good enough to post her impressions at the very first opportunity. This was followed by posts containing reviews, lots of wonderful photographs and then, the minute some clips appeared on YouTube the White Shirt Alert went out.We knew that a DVD would be released because Thadieu saw the cameras at one of the performances.
Whilst we were waiting for the release of said DVD we could watch, listen and anticipate because Thadieu made a playlist and posted lots of our favourite Kasarova arias.
I could not get to the Vienna production but was fortunate to go to The Barbican last November to see the concert version which had just been successful in Paris. Seeing and hearing Frau Kasarova live was top of my Opera Bucket List and suffice to say I was bowled over* by the experience. I took my camera and made a shaky attempt at capturing the event so I could remember in detail but I was fortunate that Intermezzo allowed me to use her much more professional photos. The concert version gave me a fabulous view of the remarkable Marc Minkowski and Les Musiciens du Louvre, Grenoble. The orchestral ensemble playing and accompanying was second to none and I immediately became an avid fan. The one disappointment I had with the production was that the wonderful Anja Harteros was indisposed and was replaced by Inga Kalna – lovely singer with poise but I could detect no chemistry at all between Ruggiero and Alcina. It will therefore be very interesting indeed when she reprises the role at the Weiner Staatsoper in late September with Frau Kasarova. If you visit their site you will find a good photo gallery and an even better video. By doing so you may well begin to understand why some of us are preparing to be VERY HAPPY INDEED!
*Bowled over is a very English expression and really means … transformed into a raving fan-girl.
If you love incomparable singing to a fabulous baroque orchestra combined with remarkable and compelling acting and have become interested in joining the queue for this fabulous DVD, then see Thadieu’s link
Since it is White Shirt Weekend I cannot go with posting an Alcina photo.
Whether you are waiting for your DVD, waiting for Godot or just waiting ……
HAVE A WONDERFUL WHITE SHIRT WEEKEND!