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La liberazione di Ruggiero dall’isola d’Alcina (Caccini) Opera-Movie England 2019

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  • Published by: Brighton Early Music Festival  
  • Date Published: 2023  
  • Format: Streaming
  • Quality Video: 3 Audio:3
  • Subtitles: yessubs, ensubs  
  • This Recording is NOT AVAILABLE from a proper commercial or public source

A new film of Francesca Caccini’s 1625 opera La liberazione di Ruggiero, in the style of Georges Méliès.

Premiered in 1625, La liberazione di Ruggiero is the first known opera by a female composer – a humorous and witty work with choruses of enchanted plants, monsters, exotic ladies and sea gods, a good and an evil sorceress and a rather easily seduced ‘hero’.

Filmed in the summer of 2021 with a talented cast of young and upcoming singers and players, the opera was the subject of a study course and filming project working under the inspiring direction of Tom Guthrie, who set the fantasy world of this early opera in the world of the equally fantastical early film pioneer and illusionist Georges Méliès. Blending modern techniques, such as green screen technology, with hand drawn backdrops and animation, this film captures the pioneering spirit of the early filmmakers, while also hinting at the stage machinery and effects developed in the early 17th century at the birth of opera.


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