Release Date : 2012-06-05 (EN)
Here is a rare and exceptional example in which the director and costume designer amuse themselves with `silly’ costumes, but it actually works. I usually loath the stupid concept of ‘clever’ producers’ of dressing opera singers in an motley set of `modern’ and bizarre costumes (mostly tasteless) to help the `stupid’ spectators to understand the universality of the opera across time and place. However, in this particular production I enjoyed every moment of it. All my reservations withstanding, I found that the costumes have actually helped highlight the `buffa’ aspects of this supposedly `siria’ opera. This work may not be among Handel’s greatest masterpieces, but the way it is presented and sung here makes it a thorough pleasure for the senses.