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Rameau: Hippolyte et Aricie Blu-ray (Glyndebourne)

In Glyndebourne’s first-ever staging of a opera by Rameau, director Jonathan Kent presents a production which, in his own words, ‘strives to appeal to every sense and show audiences how engrossing and musically ravishing French Baroque opera can be’. Rameau’s inventive take on Racine’s great tragedy Phèdre is brought to life by Paul Brown’s colourful and elegant designs and Ashley Page’s playful choreography. Ed Lyon and Christiane Karg give captivating performances as the titular young lovers, while Sarah Connolly, making a welcome return to Glyndebourne, ‘invests Phaedra with both grandeur and a desperately human vulnerability’ (The Independent). Leading exponent of early music William Christiesets an exhilarating pace, galvanising the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment to playing of tremendous panache’ (The DailyTelegraph).

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Composer: Jean-Philippe Rameau
Hippolytus: Ed Lyon 
Aricia: Christiane Karg
Phaedre: Sarah Connolly
Theseus: Stéphane Degout 

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Leader: Kati Debretzeni
Conductor: William Christie
The Glyndebourne Chorus
Chorus Master: Christopher Bucknall
Director: Jonathan Kent
Designer: Paul Brown
Lighting: Mark Henderson
Choreography: Ashley Page
Glyndebourne Festival Opera, June 2013

Bonus: An opera to surprise and delight / cast gallery

Picture: 16:9
Sound: 2.0 LPCM / DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio
Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/KO
Region code: All Regions
Running Time: 186+15 mins
Year: 2013