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Aribert Reimann: Lear, opera (adapted from Shakespeare) / Bo Skovhus, Katja Pieweck, Hellen Kwon, Siobhan Stagg. Simone Young, Hamburg State Opera [DVD]

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Aribert Reimann's "Lear" is a milestone in the tragic opera of the 20th century. Ever since its 1978 premiere at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, it has made its triumphal progress around the world in more than thirty productions as the most successful Shakespeare opera of our time. The remorseless logic of the action and plot and the primal force of irresistible sonic fantasies give this work the power to hold the attention of its listeners and viewers from the first moment to the last. The great theme of self-deception is imaginatively portrayed in this captivating stage production by Karoline Gruber with a retreat into the interior of a far from frail old man. It is not senility that drives Lear, brilliantly sung by Bo Skovhus, into isolation but his hyperactive ego. The first Hamburg performance of "Lear" is a musical achievement of the highest order.

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Run Time: 156 min.
Region: 0
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): PCM Stereo, DD 5.1
Subtitles: English, German


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>Reimann, Aribert : Lear, opera
  • Performers: Bo Skovhus; Katja Pieweck; Hellen Kwon; Siobhan Stagg; Erwin Leder; Lauri Vasar; Edgar Watts
  • Conductor: Simone Young
  • Ensemble: Hamburg Philharmonic
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Studio/Live: Live