Nicholas McGegan, Göttingen Festival Orchestra - Handel: Admeto (2010) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 23946 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 180 min | 41,8 Gb
Audio1: Italian / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD MA / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 4198 kbps / 24-bit
BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,970 fps | 180 min | 9,73 Gb
Audio: Italian / DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24-bit
Classical | C MAJOR | Sub: Italian, English, German, French
Handel’s second opera for the so-called “rival queens,” Francesca Cuzzoni and Faustina Bordoni, was Admeto, which had its premiere in 1727. Their purported rivalry—created more by the public than by the singers themselves—resulted most famously in the cat fight parodied by John Gay in his Beggar’s Opera of the same year. The operas Handel wrote for these reigning divas are as musically brilliant as any of his other works. But as a result of his attempts to structure dramas that would give absolutely equal value to two leading ladies, the rival-queen operas are dramatically problematic and strain credulity at times, Admeto not excepted.