Britten - Death in Venice (Blu-ray)
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Label: Opus Arte
Cat No: OABD7141D
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 3rd March 2014
Mia Angelina Mather
Orchestra and Chorus of the English National Opera
Deborah Warner’s beautiful and evocative production of Britten’s final operatic masterpiece has been acclaimed as an ‘exquisitely achieved marriage of music, drama and design’ (The Independent).
In Britten’s luminous and compelling interpretation of Thomas Mann’s classic novella, the ageing writer Gustav von Aschenbach’s infatuation with the Polish boy Tadzio and his subsequent decline are portrayed in a ‘remarkable and harrowingly believable’ performance (The Guardian) by John Graham-Hall, who had already won golden opinions for singing the role of Aschenbach at La Scala.
The superb ENO chorus and orchestra are conducted by Edward Gardner, a long-standing champion of Britten’s music.
- Gustav von Aschenbach: John Graham-Hall
- Traveller/Elderly Fop/Gondolier/Barber/Hotel Manager/Player/Dionysus: Andrew Shore
- Apollo: Tim Mead
- Tadzio: Sam Zaldivar
- The Polish Mother: Laura Caldow
- Her Two Daughters: Mia Angelina Mather/Xhuliana Shehu
- The Governess: Joyce Henderson
- Jaschiu, Tadzio’s friend: Marcio Teixeira
Director: Deborah Warner
Recorded live at The London Coliseum, June 2013
What the press said:
"... the glory of this unmissable ENO revival is that the honours are so obviously shared, and not even John Graham-Hall's remarkable Aschenbach manages to eclipse Edward Gardner's exemplary conducting, let alone Deborah Warner's compelling staging – worth the price of admission alone." - The Guardian
"ENO’s new music director Edward Gardner makes a welcome arrival at the Coliseum for this production of Britten’s final opera. His reading combines finesse and nuance with dynamism, and makes for a magical performance of the score. All in all a great night for ENO, and for Britten." - The Stage
Running time: 153 minutes
Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS
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