Agerfeldt Olesen - The Picture of Dorian Gray (DVD) | Dacapo 2110415

Agerfeldt Olesen - The Picture of Dorian Gray (DVD)

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Label: Dacapo

Cat No: 2110415

Format: DVD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 12th August 2016

Contents

Artists

Danish National Opera
Aarhus Symphony Orchestra

Conductor

Joachim Gustafsson

Works

Olesen, Thomas Agerfeldt

The Picture of Dorian Gray

Artists

Danish National Opera
Aarhus Symphony Orchestra

Conductor

Joachim Gustafsson

About

The staging of the Danish composer Thomas Agerfeldt Olesen’s opera The Picture of Dorian Gray (2013) is one of Den Jyske Opera’s (Danish National Opera) bravest ventures in recent years: a choreographed opera with no singers on stage – based on Oscar Wilde’s most controversial novel. Like Wilde’s novel, Agerfeldt Olesen’s opera balances between reality and dream or imagination. Consequently, both sounds from the world of yesterday and outbreaks of the musical genre are present in Agerfeldt Olesen’s score, though primarily expressing the composer’s own distinctive sound. The prizewinning Swedish choreographer Marie Brolin-Tani has conceived the choreography seen on the opera stage as a strong sensual interpretation of the actions and conflicts of the drama.

Thomas Agerfeldt Olesen trained as a cellist and composer at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Århus, studying composition with Poul Ruders, Karl Aage Rasmussen, Olav Anton Thommesen, Henryk Gorecki in Poland and Bent Sørensen.

In recent years Thomas Agerfeldt Olesen has become a particularly sought-after composer, and he works with many prominent Danish and foreign ensembles including WDR Radiosinfonieorchester Stuttgart, the Århus Symphony Orchestra, the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic, Athelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen, the Danish National Opera, Quartetto di Cremona, Henschel Quartet, Pellegrini Quartet, the European Union Chamber Orchestra, Århus Sinfonietta, PLEX (formerly The Other Opera), Rolf Hind, Thomas Hell and the Danish String Quartet.

Cast:
- Dorian Gray: Andrew Radley (countertenor) / Maximilian Schmid (dancer)
- Lord Henry Wotton: Jonathan Best (bass) / Johan Ohlson (dancer)
- Basill Hallward: James Bobby (actor) / Bjorn Nilsson (dancer)
- James Vane: James Bobby (baritone) / David Price (dancer)
- Sybil Vane: Jenny Thiele (singer) / Siri Wolthoorn (dancer)
- Mrs Vane, Sibyl’s mother: Bolette Bruno Hansen (alto) / Henrietta Wallberg (dancer)
- A butler: Andrew Radley (actor) / Erik Nyberg (dancer)
- An opium dealer: Susanne Vinther (mezzo-soprano) / Erik Nyberg (dancer)
- A prostitute: Bolette Bruno Hansen (alto) / Katya Nielsen (dancer)
- Countess of Monmouth: Birgitte Skarby Riddell (soprano) / Marjolaine Cazalis (dancer)
- The Inner: Sigrid Kandal Husjord (dancer)

Sung in English
Subtitles: English, Danish
Menu language: English
Sound format: Stereo 2.0
Region code: 0
Running time: 107 min.
DVD 9 / NTSC

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