FRANCESCO CAVALLI (1602-1676): Ercole amante.
Catalogue Number: 02W016
Description: Cardinal Mazarin, chief minister to the king, commissioned Cavalli in 1662 to create a Parisian spectacle to celebrate the wedding of the ‘Sun King’ Louis XIV and the Infanta of Spain. The flattering subject chosen for this regal extravaganza combines larger-than-life characters with mythology, and genuine human emotions with natural and cosmic phenomena. The result is a sumptuous Baroque spectacle, conceived on a vast scale in this lavish production by directors Valerie Lesort and Christian Hecq. Nahuel Di Pierro (bass), Francesca Aspromonte (soprano), Anna Bonitatibus, Giuseppina Bridelli (mezzos), Pygmalion; Rafaël Pichon. 16:9 widescreen. Region 0. Dolby 5.1 surround or 2.0 PCM stereo. 187 min.