Atys

Jean-Baptiste Lully Atys opera to a libretto by Philippe Quinault. Directed 2011 at the Opéra Comique  by Jean-Marie Villégier and assistant director Christophe Galland. Stars Bernhard Richter, Stéphanie d'Oustrac, Emmanuelle de Negri, Nicolas Rivenq, Marc Mauillon, Sophie Daneman, Jaël Azzaretti, Bernard Deletré, Paul Agnew, Cyril Auvity, Callum Thorpe, Benjamin Alunni, Arnaud Richard, Jean-Charles di Zazzo, Olivier Collin, Elodie Fonnard, Rachel Redmond, Anna Reinhold, Francisco Fernández-Rueda, and Reinoud Van Mechelen. Also stars the dancers of the Compagnie Fêtes galantes et Gil Isoart de l'Opéra national de Paris. William Christie conducts Les Arts Florissants. Choreography by the late Francine Lancelot and Béatrice Massin; set design by Carlo Tommasi; costumes by Patrice Cauchetier; lighting by Patrick Méeüs; wigs by Daniel Blanc; makeup by Suzanne Pisteur. Filmed for TV and video by François Roussillon; produced by Toni Hajal. Released in 2011, disc has 5.1 dts-HD Master Audio sound. Grade: Help!

Richard Lawrence in the March 2012 Gramophone wrote an interesting review warmly praising this Atys in its DVD version. Neither he not the magazine was apparently aware that Atys is also available in HDVD. The poor reviewers at the print magazines too often haven't a clue as to what they are missing.

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