- Guido Paevatalu (Baritone)
- Palle Knudsen (Baritone)
- Ylva Kihlberg (Soprano)
- Hanne Fischer (Mezzo Soprano)
Notes & Reviews:
Poul Ruders' opera Selma Jezková (2010) is based on Lars von Trier's film Dancer in the Dark and follows the heart-wrenching story of Selma, a poor factory worker with failing eyesight who sacrifices her life to ensure that her son receives an eye operation. The opera is a dark and compelling story of fate.
"Poul Ruders in fact tells the story better than Lars von Trier does in his Palme d'Or-winning film ... The score is chock-a-block with elegant details and fine nuances that conductor Michael Schønwandt gives subtle life. The music sounds quite unashamedly beautiful."
"Musically, the work is descended from Berg, in that its free tonality provides an expressive focus yet without the schematic framework becoming inflexible...The cast is dominated, as it needs to be, by Ylva Kihlberg's Selma: her dramatic soprano exudes fervency and commitment...Michael Schønwandt conducts with his customary flair...Indeed the whole production is a triumph of dramatic focus and concentration." -International Record ReviewNotes & Reviews:
Run Time: 120 min.
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1
Subtitles: English, German, Dutch
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Works DetailsRuders, Poul : Selma Jezkova
- Performers: Guido Paevatalu (Baritone); Palle Knudsen (Baritone); Ylva Kihlberg (Soprano); Hanne Fischer (Mezzo Soprano)
- Conductor: Michael Schonwandt
- Ensemble: Royal Danish Orchestra
- Period Time: Contemporary
- Form: Opera/Operetta