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Contemporary British Operas - Birtwistle: The Minotaur; Benjamin: Written On Skin; Turnage: Anna Nicole / Tomlinson, Reuter, Rice, Purves, Hannigan, Mehta, Westbroek, Bickley, Finley [4 DVD]

Album Summary

>Birtwistle, Harrison : The Minotaur
>Benjamin, George : Written on Skin, opera
>Turnage, Mark-Anthony : Anna Nicole
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

This 4DVD collection celebrates the best of contemporary British opera, bringing together three acclaimed Royal Opera House productions. John Tomlinson stars in the world premiere of Harrison Birtwistle and David Harsent’s The Minotaur, a gripping, visceral drama based on the legendary bull-headed creature of Greek mythology. Richard Jones directs Mark Anthony Turnage and Richard Thomas’s opera Anna Nicole, a punchy yet compassionate morality tale exploring the doomed life of the eponymous Playboy model who married a billionaire. Royal Opera House Music Director Antonio Pappano is at the podium for both productions. George Benjamin and Martin Crimp’s Written on Skin, a multi award winning tale of love and revenge that puts an otherworldly spin on its dark, medieval storyline, is conducted by the composer. All performances were captured in High Definition and recorded in true Surround Sound.

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 265 min.
Region: 0
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9 anamorphic, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM 2.0, DTS Surround
Subtitles: English, German, French



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Works Details

>Birtwistle, Harrison : The Minotaur
  • Performers: Rebecca De Pont Davies (Mezzo Soprano); Grant Doyle (Baritone); Philip Langridge (Tenor); Lore Lixenberg (Mezzo Soprano); Johan Reuter (Baritone); Christine Rice (Mezzo Soprano); John Tomlinson (Bass); Andrew Watts (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Peter Manning
  • Ensemble: Royal Opera House Orchestra
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Benjamin, George : Written on Skin, opera
  • Performers: Allan Clayton; Barbara Hannigan; Bejun Mehta; Christopher Purves; Victoria Simmonds
  • Conductor: George Ganjamin
  • Ensemble: Royal Opera House Orchestra
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2012
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Turnage, Mark-Anthony : Anna Nicole
  • Performers: Susan Bickley (Mezzo Soprano); Gerald Finley (Baritone); Peter Hoare (Tenor); Alan Oke (Baritone); Andrew Rees (Tenor); Eva-Maria Westbroek (Soprano); Jeremy White (Bass)
  • Ensemble: Royal Opera House Orchestra
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Studio/Live: Live