L'Alidoro (by Leo) DVD

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NOTE: This title is a DVD Video

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DVD has no regional coding - playable in all regions
\r\n NTSC Colour
\r\n Picture format 16:9
\r\n Running time 165 minutes
\r\n Subtitles: Italian, English, German, French, Spanish

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Leonardo Leo (1694-1744)

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L'Alidoro

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Commedia per Musica in Three Acts
\r\n Libretto by Gennarantonio Federico

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Orchestra Barocca Cappella della Pieta dei Turchini
\r\n Antonio Florio, conductor

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Recorded live, Teatro Municipale, Reggio Emilia, 2008

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Faustina - Maria Grazia Schiavo
\r\n Luigi (Alidoro) - Maria Ercolano
\r\n Zeza - Valentina Varriale
\r\n Elisa - Francesca Russo Ermolli
\r\n Don Marcello - Giuseppe De Vittorio
\r\n Giangrazio - Filippo Morace
\r\n Meo - Gianpiero Ruggeri
\r\n Cicco - Nino Bruno

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Director: Arturo Cirillo

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Alidoro, an unknown opera by Leonardo Leo, an important maestro \r\n in the first phase of the Neapolitan school, imposes new styles and contents \r\n on the genre of music comedy.

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Leo was living through a particularly intense period of activity \r\n in 1740: six theatrical titles including re-elaborations and new productions \r\n among which was L’Alidoro.

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With his highly personal skill, the librettist Federico drafted \r\n a comedy in which characters speak different languages (Neapolitan or Tuscan) \r\n according to their social status and work on different levels: one comic, the \r\n other serious.

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Cirillo, director of this modern revival, explains how in this \r\n opera ”nothing” is happening excepting a subtle and gorgeous relational \r\n game among the seven protagonists.

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As in a Marivaux work, just social differences count here where \r\n middle class members are attracted to servants and servants are attracted to \r\n their peers. In this carillon of walk in and out, as in a Feydeau comedy they \r\n go on stage only for shadowing, peeking out or courting somebody else. The site \r\n where this is going to happen isn’t so important, it could be.. at theatre... \r\n In Alidoro everybody is infected by the doubt.

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