Aribert Reimann - Lear (Blu-ray)
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Cat No: 109064
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 30th March 2015
Chor der Staatsoper Hamburg
Aribert Reimann’s Lear is a milestone in the tragic opera of the 20th century. Ever since its 1978 premiere at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, it has made its triumphal progress around the world in more than thirty productions as the most successful Shakespeare opera of our time.
The remorseless logic of the action and plot and the primal force of irresistible sonic fantasies give this work the power to hold the attention of its listeners and viewers from the first moment to the last.
The great theme of self-deception is fancifully portrayed in this captivating stage production by Karoline Gruber with a retreat into the interior of a far from frail old man. It is not senility that drives Lear, brilliantly sung by Bo Skovhus, into isolation, but his hyperactive ego.
The first Hamburg performance of Lear is a musical achievement of the highest order.
“The orchestra of the State Opera under its GMD Simone Young is in absolutely top form.” - Handelsblatt
“Simone Young and Bo Skovhus triumph with Aribert Reimann’s Lear.” - Opernwelt
“A masterstroke ... Nowadays one can rarely see such an intelligent and sensible staging.” - Frankfurter Rundschau
- König Lear: Bo Skovhus
- Goneril: Katja Pieweck
- Regan: Hellen Kwon
- Cordelia: Siobhan Stagg
- Narr: Erwin Leder
Stage Director: Karoline Gruber
Set Designer: Roy Spahn
Costume Designer: Mechthild Seipel
World Premiere Recording
Live from the Staatsoper Hamburg, 2014
Sound Formats: PCM Stereo, DD 5.1
Picture Format: 16:9
Subtitles: DE (Original Language), GB
DVD 9 / NTSC
Running Time: 156 mins
Region Code: 0
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