Heggie - Great Scott (DVD) | Erato 9029515747

Heggie - Great Scott (DVD)

£16.16

Label: Erato

Cat No: 9029515747

Format: DVD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Opera

Expected Release Date: 12th March 2021

Contents

Artists

Joyce DiDonato
Ailyn Perez
Frederica von Stade
Nathan Gunn
Anthony Roth Costanzo
Kevin Burdette
Rodell Rosel
Michael Mayes
The Dallas Opera Orchestra and Chorus

Conductor

Patrick Summers

Works

Heggie, Jake

Great Scott

Artists

Joyce DiDonato
Ailyn Perez
Frederica von Stade
Nathan Gunn
Anthony Roth Costanzo
Kevin Burdette
Rodell Rosel
Michael Mayes
The Dallas Opera Orchestra and Chorus

Conductor

Patrick Summers

About

In Great Scott, the Kansas-born mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, one of today’s best-loved classical singers, creates a role conceived specifically with her in mind. The character she plays, Arden Scott, just happens to be an opera star, and she is the lynchpin of what Fred Plotkin of WQXR, the USA’s leading classical music radio station, welcomed as a “deeply moving and musically brilliant work” that “should enter the standard repertory just as Heggie’s two previous masterpieces – Dead Man Walking and Moby-Dick – already have”.

Based on an original story by Terence McNally, Great Scott is set in a large American city that has a respected but struggling opera company and a thriving professional football team. International opera star Arden Scott has returned to her hometown to save American Opera, the company that launched her career, but the opening night performance of the long-lost opera she discovered (Rosa Dolorosa, Figlia di Pompei) falls on the same night as the home football team’s first national championship (Go Grizzlies!). The fate of the company hangs in the balance as Arden is forced to consider the sacrifices she has made and discovers that true greatness is a matter of heart.

Jake Heggie, who has been described as US opera’s most successful composer, chose the celebrated playwright Terence McNally as his librettist for Great Scott. The two previously collaborated on the gripping Dead Man Walking, which has become something of a modern classic since its premiere in 2000. Joyce DiDonato first performed its central role, Sister Helen Prejean, at New York City Opera in 2002 and in concert stagings in London and Madrid in January/February 2018, coinciding with the album release of Great Scott. It was conducted by Patrick Summers and directed by Jack O’Brien with sets and costumes by Bob Crowley, lighting by Brian MacDevitt and projections by Elaine J. McCarthy.

Cast:
- Arden Scott: Joyce DiDonato
- Tatyana Bakst: Ailyn Pérez
- Winnie Flato: Frederica von Stade
- Sid Taylor: Nathan Gunn
- Roane Heckle: Anthony Roth Costanzo
- Eric Gold/Vittorio Bazzetti: Kevin Burdette
- Anthony Candolino: Rodell Rosel
- Wendell Swann: Michael Mayes

Running time: 158 minutes
Colour NTSC systems
Disc Format: DVD-9
Sound Format: Dolby Digital 2.0 & DTS 5.0
Menu language: English
Subtitles: ENG
Sung in English
Region-free NTSC DVD, designed for playback on all NTSC and modern PAL compatible systems worldwide

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