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MONTEZUMA

Carl Heinrich Graun

 

Carl Heinrich Graun
MONTEZUMA
Deutsche Oper Berlin, 1982


Soloists: Alexandra Papadjiakou, Gudrun Sieber, Sophie Boulin
Orchestra, Chorus: Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin
Conductor: Hans Hilsdorf
Director: Herbert Wernicke

Carl Heinrich Graun (1704–1759) wrote a total of 27 operas for the Berlin court and not least for Frederick II. In 1742 his “Cleopatra e Cesare” was performed at the opening of the “Haus Unter den Linden”, and in 1755 he wrote his most impressive work – “Montezuma”. The opera tells the tragic story of the last ruler of the Aztecs, who lost his power and ultimately his life to the Spanish conquistadores. The libretto, in French prose, was written by none other than the Emperor of Prussia himself – Frederick II – and translated into Italian verse by his court poet. The music, written by his kapellmeister Graun, is as virtuosic as it is expressive – highly rewarding for singers and attractive for audiences. “Montezuma” is an opera that points forward to the future – to Gluck and even to Mozart. In 1982, Deutsche Oper Berlin came to Bayreuth to perform Herbert Wernicke‘s impressive production in the baroque surroundings of the Markgräfliche Opernhaus (opened in 1748). Carl Heinrich Graun (1704–1759) wrote a total of 27 operas for the Berlin court and not least for Frederick II. In 1742 his Cleopatra e Cesare was performed at the opening of the “Haus Unter den Linden”, and in 1755 he wrote his most impressive work – “Montezuma”. The opera tells the tragic story of the last ruler of the Aztecs, who lost his power and ultimately his life to the Spanish conquistadores. The libretto, in French prose, was written by none other than the Emperor of Prussia himself – Frederick II – and translated into Italian verse by his court poet. The music, written by his kapellmeister Graun, is as virtuosic as it is expressive – highly rewarding for singers and attractive for audiences. Montezuma is an opera that points forward to the future – to Gluck and even to Mozart. In 1982, Deutsche Oper Berlin came to Bayreuth to perform Herbert Wernicke‘s impressive production in the baroque surroundings of the Markgräfliche Opernhaus (opened in 1748).

Press Reviews

„Ein interessantes Zeitdokument der Entwicklung historischer Opernaufführungspraxis, mit einigen magischen Momenten […].“ J. Peetz-Ullman, Operapoint, Ausgabe 4/2012

"Was war das doch für ein Ensemble! Freunde der DOB müssen diese DVD haben, um in Erinnerungen zu schwelgen" Ingrid Wanja, deropernfreund.de, 30.12.2012

"Dieser 'Montezuma' schließt eine klaffende Lücke in der winzigen Diskographie dieser Oper." Benjamin Künzel, klassik.com, 01.12.2012

"Alexandra Papadjiakou sings the title role with profound expressivity and technical aplomb (…); her duo with the brillant Eupaforice of Sophie Boulin is a highlight of the performance. (…) This DVD is the best recorded represantation of "Montezuma" thus far." Carlos Maria Solare, Opera, Januar 2013

Label: Arthaus Musik

Genre: Opera

Running Time: 140

Picture Format: 4:3

Disc Format: NTSC

Sound Format: PCM Mono

Number of Discs: 1

Region: 0

Languages: DE

Subtitle Languages:

GB, DE, FR, IT, ES

Catalogue No.:

101629

UPC: 807280162998