In the September 2004 issue of International Record Review, Simon Heighes reviews Orazio Vecchi's L'Amfiparnaso, a new DVD under the Chandos Chaconne label. Composed in 1597, L'Amfiparnaso is a realization of commedia dell'arte consisting of a prologue and three acts. Heighes' writes:
There's absolutely nothing else like this on the market. The main feature may run for just under an hour, but in terms of sheer quality this is still one of the best-value, most enterprising and worthwhile music DVDs I've come across. In fact the meticulous attention to detail throughout sets new standards which others in the industry would do well to note.
For additional details on this DVD, go here.
For additional information on Vecchi and the birth of opera, go to Chapter 9 of Grout's A History of Western Music.