Monday, December 3, 2012

Monteverdi Monday – Melanto and Eurimaco Get Down!

A while back, I posted another version of this duet featuring Malin Hartelius. That version is well-sung, sweet, and cute; and it's definitely G-rated  for family viewing.  This version of the Act 1 duet from  Il Ritorno di Ulisse in Patria is more... well... earthy. This is a convincing pair of young lovers—both easy on the eyes. (I think Ed Lyon qualifies as a Hunkentenor!) If we were thinking early baroque opera was stuffy, here's some evidence to the contrary. 

And guess who the stage director is! Per Luigi Pizzi, who also staged the super-sexy Don Giovanni and L'Incornazione di Poppea  (and here too) we've highlighted before. 

Hanna Bayodi-Hirt as Melanto 
Ed Lyon as Eurimaco
Les Arts Florissants, dir. William Christie
Teatro Real Madrid 2009

A discussion and translation of this text can be found at Google Books

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