Weill - Street Scene (Blu-ray) | Bel Air BAC562

Weill - Street Scene (Blu-ray)

£23.36

Label: Bel Air

Cat No: BAC562

Format: Blu-ray

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Opera

Expected Release Date: 22nd November 2019

Contents

Artists

Paulo Szot
Patricia Racette
Mary Bevan
Joel Prieto
Lucy Schaufer
Jeni Bern
Michael J Scott
Tyler Clarke
Marta Fontanals-Simmons
Eric Greene
Richard Burkhard
Sarah-Marie Maxwell
Dominic Lamb
Pequenos y Jovenes Cantores de la JORCAM
Orchestra and Chorus of Teatro Real de Madrid

Conductor

Tim Murray

Works

Weill, Kurt

Street Scene

Artists

Paulo Szot
Patricia Racette
Mary Bevan
Joel Prieto
Lucy Schaufer
Jeni Bern
Michael J Scott
Tyler Clarke
Marta Fontanals-Simmons
Eric Greene
Richard Burkhard
Sarah-Marie Maxwell
Dominic Lamb
Pequenos y Jovenes Cantores de la JORCAM
Orchestra and Chorus of Teatro Real de Madrid

Conductor

Tim Murray

About

Kurt Weill wrote Street Scene shortly after fleeing Nazi Germany to the United States. When he discovered the vitality of the American musical scene, his focus became to reconcile the Broadway “musical” with European traditional opera, jazzy and North-American tunes with an almost Puccinian-like lyricism. In his mind, opera had to embrace and reclaim its own theatricality: thus he wrote his Street Scene, meant to be a truly American opera, half-way between his Brechtian Threepenny Opera and Bernstein’s later West Side Story and drawing from the famous play by Elmer Rice (recipient of the Pulitzer Price when it was published in 1928).

The main plot of this rampant collection of scenes from the streets of the lower East Side of New York revolves around Frank and Anna Maurant and their daughter Rose. A violent and tough character, Frank fails to see his wife’s growing despair due to his lack of affection. When he discovers her with her lover, he shoots them both and goes to jail, leaving behind a heartbroken Rose who, after having experienced relentless harassment by two aggressive suitors, misses her one true chance at love. The opera ends by showing the streets of New York City moving on from these mundane events in total indifference.

Under Tim Murray’s vivid and precise baton, this superb production by John Fulljames perfectly renders the vitality and energy released by the streets of New York, that proved to be a great inspiration to the theatrical mind of the composer.

Cast:
- Frank Maurrant: Paulo Szot
- Anna Maurrant: Patricia Racette
- Rose Maurrant: Mary Bevan
- Sam Kaplan: Joel Prieto
- Emma Jones: Lucy Schaufer
- Greta Fiorentino: Jeni Bern
- Lippo Fiorentino: Michael J. Scott
- Daniel Buchanan: Tyler Clarke
- Jennie Hildebrand: Marta Fontanals-Simmons
- Henry Davis: Eric Greene
- Harry Easter: Richard Burkhard
- Mae Jones: Sarah-Marie Maxwell
- Dick McGann: Dominic Lamb

Stage direction: John Fulljames
Set and Costume Design: Dick Bird
Lighting Design: James Farncombe
Choreography: Arthur Pita

HD recording: Teatro Real, Madrid | 02/2018
TV direction: Jérémie Cuvillier

Running time: 160 min.
Booklet: FR / ENG / SPA
Original language: ENG
Subtitles: FR / ENG / GER / SPA / JP / KOR
Video: Colour, 16/9, Full HD
Audio: PCM 2.0, DTS HD Master audio 5.1

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