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Britten: Let's make an Opera / A film by Petr Weigl [DVD]

Album Summary

>Britten, Benjamin : Let's Make an Opera
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

His 'Entertainment for Young People' written in 1949 and entitled 'Let's Make an Opera, Op. 45' is another example of his didactic approach to composition, although the work is also a morality tale that condemns the abuse of children, particularly those suffering social deprivation - represented in this instance by Sam, an apprentice chimneysweep. Britten himself developed a great personal attachment to the work. In his own words, he associated its composition with "an indescribable feeling of happiness." 'Let's Make an Opera' is divided into three parts. Act Three, which is an independent entity and suitable for performance on its own, narrates the actual tale of 'The Little Sweep'. In this film, the director Petr Weigl has reworked and enriched the two-part prologue to the story through the introduction of additional characters.

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 100 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 4:3, Letterbox, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo,
Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish
Country of Origin: England


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>Britten, Benjamin : Let's Make an Opera
  • Performers: Huw Ceredig (Percussion); Kate Flowers (Soprano); John Graham-Hall (Tenor); Lisa Milne (Soprano); Felicity Palmer (Soprano); Stephen Richardson (Bass)
  • Conductor: Simon Halsey
  • Ensemble: Coull String Quartet
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1950