Birtwistle - The Minotaur | Opus Arte OABD7052D

Birtwistle - The Minotaur

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Label: Opus Arte

Cat No: OABD7052D

Format: Blu-ray

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 4th January 2010

Contents

Artists

John Tomlinson
Johan Reuter
Christine Rice
Andrew Watts
Philip Langridge
Amanda Echalaz
Royal Opera Chorus
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

Conductor

Antonio Pappano

Works

Birtwistle, Harrison

The Minotaur

Artists

John Tomlinson
Johan Reuter
Christine Rice
Andrew Watts
Philip Langridge
Amanda Echalaz
Royal Opera Chorus
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

Conductor

Antonio Pappano

About

This world premiere of a gripping new work by composer Harrison Birtwistle and librettist David Harsent, commissioned by The Royal Opera, brings the monstrous, Greek mythological character to the stage.

John Tomlinson stars as the Minotaur, part man, part beast, trapped in his labyrinth and constrained by his bloodthirsty role there, longing to discover his true identity and his own voice. Athens must pay a blood sacrifice to Crete and among the innocents is Theseus, who has come to challenge the violent Minotaur, but who also attracts the attention of Ariadne, half-sister and keeper of the monster; it is with her help that he succeeds.

Cast:
- The Minotaur: John Tomlinson
- Theseus: Johan Reuter
- Ariadne: Christine Rice
- Snake Priestess: Andrew Watts
- Hiereus: Philip Langridge
- Ker: Amanda Echalaz

Stage Director: Stephen Langridge

Extra features:
- Documentary: ‘Myth is universal'
- Illustrated synopsis & cast gallery

Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden on the 25th & 30th April and 3rd May 2008.

Thanks to a superb cast and impeccable playing under Antonio Pappano, the evening is a glittering success. …what Birtwistle has done is give us one opera inside another. The outer one is strident and earthbound; the inner one – ending with the Minotaur's Caliban-like dying aria – burns with visionary fire.’ - The Independent

Running time: 175 mins
Region code: All regions
Video codec: AVC/MPEG-4
Disc size: BD50
Picture format: 1080i High Definition / 16:9
Sound format: 2.0 & 5.0 PCM (TBC)
Menu language: EN
Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/ES/IT

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