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Contemporary American Operas

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Label: Opus Arte

Cat No: OA1179BD

Format: DVD

Number of Discs: 3

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 1st June 2015

Contents

Artists

Stephanie Novacek
Karl Daymond
Gerald Finley
Jessica Rivera
Eric Owens
Richard Paul Fink
James Maddalena
Thomas Glenn
Christopher Purves
David Pittsinger
Donald Kaasch
Janis Kelly
Marie McLaughlin
Sharon Sarah
City of London Sinfonia
Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra
Chorus & Orchestra of Teatro Real, Madrid

Conductors

Paul Daniel
Lawrence Renes
Dennis Russell Davies

Works

Adams, John

Doctor Atomic

Bernstein, Leonard

Trouble in Tahiti

Glass, Philip

The Perfect American

Artists

Stephanie Novacek
Karl Daymond
Gerald Finley
Jessica Rivera
Eric Owens
Richard Paul Fink
James Maddalena
Thomas Glenn
Christopher Purves
David Pittsinger
Donald Kaasch
Janis Kelly
Marie McLaughlin
Sharon Sarah
City of London Sinfonia
Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra
Chorus & Orchestra of Teatro Real, Madrid

Conductors

Paul Daniel
Lawrence Renes
Dennis Russell Davies

About

This special set brings together three of America’s most lauded contemporary operas: John Adams’ Dr Atomic, a riveting morality drama centring on J Robert Oppenheimer and his team of scientists at the test site of the world’s first atomic bomb explosion in New Mexico; The Perfect American, Philip Glass’s striking portrayal of the ‘real’ Walt Disney, based on a series of reflections and memories which take place during the icon’s final cancer-ridden months; and the 2001 cinematic film version of Trouble in Tahiti, Bernstein’s one-act satire on American suburban married life, its jazz- and musical comedy-inspired score a path-breaking fusion of lyric art with popular entertainment.

Consummate direction (with librettist Peter Sellars at the helm for Dr Atomic), compelling designs, brilliant casting and stand-out performances – among them Gerald Finley’s Oppenheimer and Christopher Purves’ Walt Disney – unite these three very different works which collectively reflect the astonishing variety of style and form that characterises 20th-century opera.

Contents:
Bernstein: TROUBLE IN TAHITI (2001)
BBC/Opus Arte (film)
Cast:
- Dinah: Stephanie Novacek
- Sam: Karl Daymond
City of London Sinfonia / Paul Daniel
Director: Tom Cairns

Adams: DOCTOR ATOMIC (2007)
Dutch National Opera
Cast:
- J Robert Oppenheimer: Gerald Finley
- Kitty Oppenheimer: Jessica Rivera
- General Leslie Groves: Eric Owens
- Edward Teller: Richard Paul Fink
- Jack Hubbard: James Maddalena
- Robert Wilson: Thomas Glenn
Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra / Lawrence Renes
Director: Peter Sellars

Glass: THE PERFECT AMERICAN (2013)
Teatro Real
Cast:
- Walt Disney: Christopher Purves
- Roy Disney: David Pittsinger
- Dantine: Donald Kaasch
- Hazel George: Janis Kelly
- Lillian Disney: Marie McLaughlin
- Tynan: Sharon Sarah
Chorus & Orchestra of Teatro Real, Madrid / Dennis Russell Davies
Director: Phelim McDermott

Running time: 426 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Anamorphic
Subtitles: EN/FR/D/ES/IT/NE/JP/KO
Territory Exclusions: USA & Canada

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