Thursday, April 8, 2010

The Full Monteverdi Review

Director: John La Bouchardière Screenplay: John La Bouchardière, with music by Claudio Monteverdi Cast: I Fagiolini Time: 61min Age Restriction: 10M


Summary Review:
The Full Monteverdi is a classical musical about six couples breaking up simultaneously in a restaurant.

Yip, you guessed it – this was another one of my experiments. I decided to check out this British film, which has only been released selectively around the world, to get a taste of modern opera.

The Full Monteverdi is based on John La Bouchadière's live production of the same name. It is an avant-garde venture, combining modern storytelling with the classical Renaissance music of Claudio Monteverdi.

Using Monteverdi's fourth book of madrigals from the year 1603, The Full Monteverdi shows the break-up of six couples in a restaurant. The gifted singers and mute actors do a good job of filling in the different background stories to each split.

I enjoy musicals and some opera, although I'm by no means a regular listener. The Full Monteverdi was a bit bland for my taste, with very little movement and limited settings, but real fans of classical music are sure to love it!

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