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BRITTEN A Britten Collection. Peter Grimes, The Rape Of Lucretia, Billy Budd, Gloriana, Death In Venice. Teatro alla Scala, English National Opera, Glyndebourne, Royal Opera House. Opus Arte 6 DVD

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Britten A Britten Collection Peter Opera House Opus Arte Dvd

A Britten Collection
Teatro alla Scala / English National Opera / Glyndebourne / Royal Opera House


Peter Grimes (2012)
John Graham-Hall Peter Grimes
Susan Gritton Ellen Orford
Christopher Purves Captain Balstrode
Orchestra & Chorus of Teatro alla Scala
Robin Ticciati Conductor
Richard Jones Stage Director

The Rape Of Lucretia (2001)
Sarah Connolly Lucretia
Christopher Maltman Tarquinius
Orla Boylan Female Chorus
John Mark Ainsley Male Chorus
Orchestra of English National Opera
Paul Daniel Conductor
David McVicar Stage Director

Billy Budd (2010)
John Mark Ainsley Captain Vere
Jacques Imbrailo Billy Budd
Philip Ens Claggart
The Glyndebourne Chorus
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Mark Elder Conductor
Michael Grandage Stage Director

Gloriana (2013)
Susan Bullock Queen Elizabeth I
Toby Spence Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex
Patricia Bardon Frances, Countess of Essex
Mark Stone Mountjoy
Orchestra & Chorus of the Royal Opera House
Paul Daniel Conductor
Richard Jones Stage Director

Death In Venice (2013)
John Graham-Hall Gustav von Aschenbach
Andrew Shore Traveller/Elderly Fop/Gondolier/Barber/Hotel Manager/Player/Dionysus
Tim Mead Apollo
Sam Zaldivar Tadzio
Orchestra and Chorus of English National Opera
Edward Gardner Conductor
Deborah Warner Stage Director

Outstanding singers, conductors and directors come together in five diverse but compelling operas by Benjamin Britten. The turbulent, inward fishing community of Peter Grimes is transposed to a merciless 1980s society in Richard Jones’ production, where mutual distrust and dislike have appalling consequences. An ‘outstanding’ Sarah Connolly (Guardian) stars in The Rape of Lucretia, navigating the difficult tale with superb poise and supported by acclaimed baritone Christopher Maltman in the role of Prince Tarquinius. Billy Budd is grippingly staged aboard the claustrophobic HMS Indomitable, with Jacques Imbrailo portraying the troubled sailor and John Mark Ainsley as the tormented Captain Vere in the 2010 Glyndebourne Festival Opera production by Michael Grandage. More light-hearted is the Royal Opera House staging of Gloriana, penned by Britten to celebrate the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. Focusing on the first Queen Elizabeth’s stormy relationship with the Earl of Essex, the production features Susan Bullock as the monarch and Toby Spence as the hot-headed and ultimately treacherous Essex. Finally, Edward Gardner conducts the English National Opera in Deborah Warner’s highly acclaimed production of Death in Venice. John Graham-Hall stars as the ageing Gustav von Aschenbach, whose attraction for a beautiful young Polish boy has fatal consequences. These productions from some of the world’s best opera houses offer five masterful performances that are an ideal way to experience the music of Benjamin Britten. Filmed in High Definition and recorded in true Surround Sound.

Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/JP/KO (Peter Grimes/Rape of Lucretia/Gloriana); EN/FR/DE/KO (Death in Venice); EN/FR/DE/ES (Billy)

Opus Arte DVD OA1198BD

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