A Britten Collection (Blu-ray Box Set) | Opus Arte OABD7189BD

A Britten Collection (Blu-ray Box Set)

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Label: Opus Arte

Cat No: OABD7189BD

Format: Blu-ray

Number of Discs: 5

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 25th September 2015

Contents

Artists

John Graham-Hall
Susan Gritton
Christopher Purves
Sarah Connolly
Christopher Maltman
Orla Boylan
John Mark Ainsley
Jacques Imbrailo
Philip Ens
Susan Bullock
Toby Spence
Patricia Bardon
Mark Stone
Andrew Shore
Tim Mead
Sam Zaldivar
Glyndebourne Chorus
Orchestra & Chorus of Teatro alla Scala
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Orchestra & Chorus of the Royal Opera House
Orchestra and Chorus of English National Opera

Conductors

Robin Ticciati
Mark Elder
Paul Daniel
Edward Gardner

Works

Britten, Benjamin

Billy Budd, op.50
Death in Venice, op.88
Gloriana, op.53
Peter Grimes, op.33
The Rape of Lucretia, op.37

Artists

John Graham-Hall
Susan Gritton
Christopher Purves
Sarah Connolly
Christopher Maltman
Orla Boylan
John Mark Ainsley
Jacques Imbrailo
Philip Ens
Susan Bullock
Toby Spence
Patricia Bardon
Mark Stone
Andrew Shore
Tim Mead
Sam Zaldivar
Glyndebourne Chorus
Orchestra & Chorus of Teatro alla Scala
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Orchestra & Chorus of the Royal Opera House
Orchestra and Chorus of English National Opera

Conductors

Robin Ticciati
Mark Elder
Paul Daniel
Edward Gardner

About

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.

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

THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA (2001)
Cast:
- Sarah Connolly: Lucretia
- Christopher Maltman: Tarquinius
- Orla Boylan: Female Chorus
- John Mark Ainsley: Male Chorus
Orchestra of English National Opera / Paul Daniel
Stage Director: David McVicar

BILLY BUDD (2010)
Cast:
- John Mark Ainsley: Captain Vere
- Jacques Imbrailo: Billy Budd
- Philip Ens: Claggart
The Glyndebourne Chorus
London Philharmonic Orchestra / Mark Elder
Stage Director: Michael Grandage

GLORIANA (2013)
Cast:
- 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
Stage Director: Richard Jones

DEATH IN VENICE (2013)
Cast:
- 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
Stage Director: Deborah Warner

Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/JP/KO (Peter Grimes/Rape of Lucretia/Gloriana); EN/FR/DE/KO (Death in Venice); EN/FR/DE/ES (Billy)
Sound format: 2.0 LPCM & 5.1(5.0) DTS

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