Britten - The Rape of Lucretia (Blu-ray) | Opus Arte OABD7206D

Britten - The Rape of Lucretia (Blu-ray)

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Label: Opus Arte

Cat No: OABD7206D

Format: Blu-ray

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 29th July 2016

Contents

Artists

Christine Rice
Allan Clayton
Kate Royal
Duncan Rock
Matthew Rose
Michael Sumuel
Catherine Wyn-Rogers
Louise Alder
London Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor

Leo Hussain

Works

Britten, Benjamin

The Rape of Lucretia, op.37

Artists

Christine Rice
Allan Clayton
Kate Royal
Duncan Rock
Matthew Rose
Michael Sumuel
Catherine Wyn-Rogers
Louise Alder
London Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor

Leo Hussain

About

Seventy years after its Glyndebourne world premiere, Benjamin Britten’s first chamber opera is welcomed home with ‘a performance of enthralling emotional power and physical beauty’ gifted with ‘piercingly intelligent, immaculately realised staging and superb singing, acting and playing’ led by ‘Fiona Shaw’s supremely nuanced direction’ and underpinned by ‘febrile playing’ from members of the London Philharmonic Orchestra (The Telegraph ★★★★★). The production eloquently and tastefully tackles the difficult subject, which is lent emotional weight by ‘Christine Rice’s grandly sung Lucretia, noble in tone yet tragically vulnerable’, along with baritone Duncan Rock’s ‘forthright’ Tarquinius and the ‘smooth bass’ of Matthew Rose as the caring Collatinus (The Guardian ★★★★).

‘This new production … possibly the most truthful – you’re likely to see in some time.’ - The Times

‘Piercingly intelligent, immaculately realised … Here is music drama of the very highest power and quality.’ - The Daily Telegraph

Cast:
- Lucretia Christine Rice
- Male Chorus Allan Clayton
- Female Chorus Kate Royal
- Tarquinius Duncan Rock
- Collatinus Matthew Rose
- Junius Michael Sumuel
- Bianca Catherine Wyn-Rogers
- Lucia Louise Alder

Satge director: Fiona Shaw

Recorded live at Glyndebourne Opera House, Lewes, October 2015

Running time: 114 minutes
Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/JP/KO
Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

Reviews

It’s beautifully acted and sung. Rice wrings your heart throughout and her self-lacerating final scenes have a harrowing immediacy. Clayton and Royal are engrossing as their relationship buckles under strain before winning through to newly found mutual understanding: both are in fine voice; Royal, sometimes castigated for slipshod diction, has no difficulty projecting the text here. Rock, lethally handsome, superbly captures the violence beneath Tarquinius’s surface charm.  Tim Ashley
Gramophone Awards issue 2016
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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