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Kenneth Macmillan Three Ballets

Kenneth Macmillan Three Ballets

Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, March 2010


 

Concerto

Music: Dmitry Shostakovic

Marianela Nuñez, Yuhui Choe & Steven McRae

Dominic Grier

Elite Syncopations

Music: Scott Joplin & other Ragtime composers

Sarah Lamb, Valeri Hristov & Steven McRae

Robert Clark

The Judas Tree

Music: Brian Elias

Carlos Acosta, Leanne Benjamin & Edward Watson

Barry Wordsworth


MacMillan’s vision has been vital in shaping The Royal Ballet’s style and repertory, and what better way to appreciate his art than with this rare chance to experience three contrasting works in a single performance. Abstract, dramatic, humorous – this programme gives a wonderfully varied introduction not just to MacMillan’s work but to the beauty and dramatic power of ballet itself. Concerto, to Shostakovich’s Second Piano Concerto, contrasts moments of exuberance and elegiac reflection. The Judas Tree places a single woman among 13 men to enact a harrowing event that is recognizably contemporary but with biblical overtones. Elite Syncopations completes the programme with a sparkling evocation of a dance hall that brings ragtime rhythms to the dance, and a ragtime band to the stage.

Extra features:

Introductions to each ballet piece by Deborah MacMillan

“There has never been a choreographer that I can think of who could produce three such contrasting works, and you sit watching in wonderment at the fertile imaginings of his mind. " Telegraph

"It's grisly, and yet horribly exciting in its momentum, as the men show off to each other like skateboarders, flinging themselves into barrel turns while knotting and unknotting their legs." The Independent

Running time 104 mins

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Sound format 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS - MA

Menu language EN

Subtitles EN/FR/DE/ES

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Puccini: La fanciulla del West

Puccini: La fanciulla del West

Recorded live at The Amsterdam Music Theatre, Nov & Dec 2009


Eva-Maria Westbroek (Minnie), Lucio Gallo (Jack Rance), Zoran Todorovich (Dick Johnson), Roman Sadnik (Nick), Diogenes Randes (Ashby), Stephen Gadd (Sonora), Tijl Faveyts (Billy Jackrabbit), Ellen Rabiner (Wowkle), André Morsch (Jake Wallace) & Roger Smeets (José Castro)

Chorus of De Nederlandse Opera & Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra,, Carlo Rizzi (conductor) & Nikolaus Lehnhoff (director)

Nikolaus Lehnhoff’s Hollywood-style production updates this Wild West story to the capitalist culture of Wall Street, perfectly reflecting Puccini’s innovatory spirit. In a new angle on the age-old love triangle theme, corrupt Sheriff Jack Rance (Lucio Gallo) and charismatic criminal Dick Johnson (Zoran Todorovich) vie for the love of glamorous blonde and devout Christian Minnie (Eva-Maria Westbroek), finding her way in a man’s world. Carlo Rizzi’s idiomatic conducting draws excellent singing from the large cast and fine playing from The Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra. Filmed in High Definition and recorded in true surround sound.

Extra features:

Cast gallery

Documentary on Eva-Maria Westbroek

"...a high-powered show throughout..." The Financial Times

"...The Netherlands Opera’s spirited and inventive new production..." New York Times

Running time 160 mins

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Video codec AVC/MPEG-4

Disc size BD50

Picture format 1080i

Sound format 2.0 LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS digital surround

Menu language EN

Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/ES/IT/NL

“From her first entrance...Westbroek is captivating. She boasts the wonderfully meaty instrument required for Minnie (especially in the all-important middle voice), plus the right wholesome, strawberry-blonde appearance...This endearing portrayal will surely take its place in the great line of sopranos who have excelled as Minnie...Carlo Rizzi leads a highly passionate reading” International Record Review, December 2010

“What we see is an updated parable of the American dream...in the final scene [Minnie] appears, like Jean Harlow, at the top of a glittering staircase to be carried off to a Hollywood happy ending...Does it all make sense? Not really; but the characters are vividly portrayed and the settings look spectacular.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2010

“A Hollywood-style updating in Nikolaus Lehnhoff's production from the Netherlands Opera, conducted by Carlo Rizzi. Traditionalists may not necessarily appreciate Minnie's somewhat garish, bright-pink bedroom, but Eva-Maria Westbroek is fantastic in the role, and Zoran Todorovich's Dick Johnson is full of charm.” James Longstaffe, Presto Classical, July 2014

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Opera, Ballet & Theatre The Blu-ray Experience II

Opera, Ballet & Theatre The Blu-ray Experience II


Handel Giulio Cesare (Glyndebourne)

Coro: Viva, via il nostro Alcide!

Aria Presti omai l’Egizia terra

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Delibes Sylvia (Royal Opera House)

Pizzicati

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Mozart Così fan tutte (Glyndebourne)

No 9 Di scrivermi

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Shakespeare Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare’s Globe)

‘If I profane with my unworthiest hand this holy shrine’

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Purcell Dido and Aeneas (Royal Opera House)

To the Hills and the vales

The Triumphing Dance

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Mozart Le nozze di Figaro (Royal Opera House)

Signore! Cos’è quel stupore?

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Herold La fille mal gardée (Royal Opera House)

Fanny Elssler pas de deux

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Puccini La Bohème (Royal Opera House)

Questa è Mimì

Ch’io beva del tossico!

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Cavalli Ercole Amante (De Nederlandse Opera)

Fifth entrance: Concert of guitars

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Purcell The Fairy Queen (Glyndebourne)

Night: See, even Night herself is here

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Mozart Don Giovanni (Royal Opera House)

No 17 Aria Metà di voi qua vadano

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Henze Ondine (Royal Opera House)

Rocking Dance

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The Blu-ray Experience II: Opera, Ballet & Theatre includes opera, ballet and theatre highlights from the Opus Arte catalogue, and gives everyone the opportunity to experience the stunning quality of High Definition picture and sound, at an extremely competitive price.

Including world-class artists such Carlos Acosta, Darcy Bussell, Sarah Connolly, Miyako Yoshida, Diana Damrau, Joyce DiDonato, Adetomiwa Edun, Gerald Finley, this is a must-have purchase this autumn.

Blu-ray offers an outstanding audio and visual experience, with up to six times the resolution of standard definition DVD, and up to 5.1 channels of High Definition surround sound.

Picture: 1080i High Definition / 16:9

Sound: Stereo: LPCM / 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio

Disc size: BD25

Menu language: EN

Region code: All regions

Running time: 54 mins approx

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Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op. 71

Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op. 71

Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, Nov & Dec, 2009


Miyako Yoshida (The Sugar Plum Fairy), Ricardo Cervera/Steven McRae (Nephew/Nutcracker), Steven McRae (The Prince), Gary Avis (Drosselmeyer) & Iohna Loots (Clara)

The Royal Ballet & The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Koen Kessels (conductor) & Peter Wright (director)

Choreography: Peter Wright after Lev Ivanov

This all-time ballet favourite, in which young Clara is swept into a fantasy adventure when one of her Christmas presents comes to life, is at its most enchanting in Peter Wright’s glorious production – as fresh as ever in its 25th year. Tchaikovsky’s ravishing score, period designs by Julia Trevelyan Oman (including an ingenious magical Christmas tree), an exquisite Sugar Plum Fairy (Miyako Yoshida) and chivalrous Prince (Steven McRae), the mysterious Drosselmeyer (Gary Avis) and vibrant dancing by The Royal Ballet make for a captivating performance. Filmed in High Definition and recorded in true surround sound.

‘One of the very best seasonal treats for children and adults alike, the Royal Ballet’s Nutcracker is a handsome, magical, thoroughly traditional rendering of ETA Hoffmann’s immortal if deeply strange story.’ Sunday Express

Extra Features

Cast gallery

Rehearsing at White Lodge

Peter Wright tells the story of The Nutcracker

Running time TBC 127 mins

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Mozart: La clemenza di Tito, K621

Mozart: La clemenza di Tito, K621

Recorded live at the Palais Garnier, Paris in May & June 2005


Susan Graham (Sesto), Hannah Esther Minutillo (Annio), Catherine Naglestad (Vitellia), Ekaterina Siurina (Servilia), Roland Bracht (Publio) & Christoph Prégardien (Tito)

Orchestra and Chorus of The Opéra national de Paris, Sylvain Cambreling (musical director) & Ursel and Karl-Ernst Herrmann (stage directors)

Commissioned for the coronation of Leopold II in Prague, Mozart’s last opera is a deep, humane reflection on relationships, power and forgiveness. With the composition of some of the most beautiful passages in his oeuvre, Mozart has succeeded in giving this opera seria both a noble sobriety and transparent instrumentation, to which this commanding production by the Herrmann partnership does full justice on all levels. Susan Graham’s most extraordinary Sesto and Christoph Prégardien’s superb Tito set the standard for this riveting Opéra national de Paris performance, conducted by the outstanding Sylvain Cambreling.

“An evening of overwhelming beauty.” Le Monde

“Everybody was taken by the warmth and the emotion in Susan Graham’s voice as well as her breathtaking acting.” Le Figaro

Running time 212 mins

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“Everybody was taken by the warmth and the emotion in Susan Graham’s voice as well as her breathtaking acting” Le Figaro

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William Shakespeare: Love's Labour's Lost

William Shakespeare: Love's Labour's Lost

Recorded live at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London, in October 2009.


including:

Kampen:

Love's Labour's Lost, incidental music


Philip Cumbus (King of Navarre), Trystan Gravelle (Berowne), William Mannering (Longaville), Jack Farthing (Dumaine), Michelle Terry (Princess of France), Thomasin Rand (Rosaline), Jade Anouka (Maria), Siân Robins-Grace (Katharine), Tom Stuart (Boyet), Paul Ready (Don Armado), Seroca Davis (Moth), Christopher Godwin (Holofernes), Patrick Godfrey (Sir Nathanial), Andrew Vincent (Dull), Fergal McElherron (Costard), Rhiannon Oliver (Jaquenetta) & James Lailey (Mercadé)

Dominic Dromgoole (director)

Designed by Jonathan Fensom

When the King of Navarre and his three courtiers forswear all pleasure – particularly of the female variety – in favour of a life of study, the arrival of the Princess of France and her ladies plays havoc with their intentions. Using every kind of verbal gymnastics to poke fun, Shakespeare’s most intellectual comedy is brought to hilarious life in Dominic Dromgoole’s highly entertaining production, rich in visual humour and sexual innuendo. Jonathan Fensom’s knot garden and original music by Claire van Kampen create the framework for an engaging performance by an excellent cast. Filmed live in High Definition and true surround sound.

Extra features:

Cast gallery

Famous Speeches

“Dominic Dromgoole’s zestful production succeeds in captivating the audience to a degree that I would not have thought possible… It’s a treat” The Independent

“With a delightful design and jaunty music it has abundant charm… Entirely enchanting” The Times

Running time 167 mins

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Sound format 2.0 LPCM & 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio

Menu language EN

Subtitles EN (in Shakespearean English)

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Puccini: La Bohème

Puccini: La Bohème

Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, in December 2009


Teodor Ilincai (Rodolfo), Hibla Gerzmava (Mimì), Gabriele Viviani (Marcello), Inna Dukach (Musetta), Kostas Smoriginas (Colline), Jacques Imbrailo (Schaunard), Jeremy White (Benoit), Donald Maxwell (Alcindoro)

Royal Opera Chorus & Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Andris Nelsons (conductor) & John Copley (director)

John Copley’s enduring production of one of the most famously melodious and popular of all operas is a classic of the Royal Opera repertory. With historically accurate designs by Julia Trevelyan Oman and an excellent cast headed by Hibla Gerzmava and Teodor Ilincai, this 2009 revival, in which conductor Andris Nelsons makes a distinguished Royal Opera House debut, does full justice to Puccini’s masterpiece. Filmed in High Definition and recorded in true surround sound.

"[Ilincai] gave a thoroughly assured and engaging performance. ... Sumptuously sung, Gerzmava’s portrayal was sensitive and well-rounded – timid yet warm and attractive in her first scene with Rodolfo, intimate rather than melodramatic in her final death-bed moments." Classical Source

Extra features:

Cast gallery

Interview with Jonathan Copley

Interview with Andris Nelsons

Running time 121 mins

Region code All regions

Video codec: AVC/MPEG-4

Disc size: BD50

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Sound format 2.0 LPCM & 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio

Menu language EN

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“In every sense this Boheme glows...Teodor Ilincai is a splendid Rodolfo...radiating Italian lyricism and boyish good nature. Hibla Gerzmava is a gorgeous Mimi...Inna Dukach is a splendid Musetta...On DVD it looks and sounds wonderful - but on Blu-Ray it's breathtaking.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2010 *****

“Gerzmava is clear in tone and clean in style, the Rodolfo (Teodor Ilincai) light and unforced but wanting richness. All act naturally and well, Jacques Imbrailo (the Schaunard) with panache.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2010

“I adore John Copley's classic production of this opera, which has now been in the repertory at Covent Garden for forty years. This version comes from 2009, and features Teodor Ilincai and Hibla Gerzmava as a sensitive pair of lovers. In the pit, Andris Nelsons draws sumptuous, refined playing from the orchestra.” James Longstaffe, Presto Classical, July 2014

BBC Music Magazine

DVD Choice - September 2010

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Berg: Lulu

Berg: Lulu

Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, in June 2009


Agneta Eichenholz (Lulu), Michael Volle (Dr. Schön/Jack the Ripper), Klaus Florian Vogt (Alwa), Jennifer Larmore (Countess Geschwitz), Philip Langridge (Prince/Manservant/Marquis), Heather Shipp (Dresser/Schoolboy/Groom), Will Hartmann (Painter/Policeman/Negro), Jeremy White (Banker/Professor)

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Antonio Pappano (conductor) & Christof Loy (director)

Berg’s masterful and thought-provoking opera tells the gripping story of the rise and fall of an alluring, destructive but vulnerable woman, culminating in her death at the hands of Jack the Ripper. Christof Loy’s austere, minimalist production allows the complexities of the drama to unfold through the sumptuous, taut beauty of the score. Agneta Eichenholz and Michael Volle lead an all-star cast under Antonio Pappano. Philip Langridge took the role of the Prince, in his last stage appearance before his sudden death earlier this year. Recorded in High Definition and true surround sound.

(Contains Scenes of Violence)

“It is immaculately rehearsed and executed – one doesn't often see opera acted with such freedom and honesty and absence of flummery. And its unsparing analytic clarity forces one to confront the bitter truth about Lulu's inner life and the corruption and idiocy of the men who are infatuated by her. … Antonio Pappano's electrifying conducting is razor-sharp in the manner of Pierre Boulez, and the orchestral playing is magnificent. … Singing with an extraordinary grace and insouciance, Eichenholz manages to make this monster chillingly real and hauntingly beautiful.” The Telegraph

Extra features:

Cast gallery

Interview with Antonio Pappano

Interview with Agneta Eichenholz

Running time 205 mins

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“Robin Lough's direction for the cameras is faithful to Loy's conception and the outstanding cast...Volle holds the stage as Dr Schön/Jack the Ripper; Eichenholz's Lulu ensnares and is also vulnerable...As presented here, Lulu is an emotional and musical roller-coaster.” International Record Review, July/August 2010

“Pappano has a firm grip of every nuance of the music, from the gossamer-like delicacy after the dialogue at the end of Act II to the various moments of wrenching, disturbing power.” BBC Music Magazine, November 2010 ***

“[Loy] wants us to work hard, to forget chasing any scent or taint of voyeurism...while Pappano is keen to bring clarity, both in his conducting and his talking...Like many productions now staged with an eye to DVD release, the 16:9 shape of the stage and intimacy of gesture certainly make more sense now than they did in the theatre...Will Hartmann is a wonderfully open, naive Painter, a Schubertian young Wanderer” Gramophone Magazine, July 2011

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Strauss, R: Salome

Strauss, R: Salome

Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in March 2008.


Nadja Michael (Salome), Michaela Schuster (Herodias), Thomas Moser (Herod), Michael Volle (Jokanaan), Joseph Kaiser (Narraboth)

The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Philippe Jordan (conductor) & David McVicar (stage director)

David McVicar’s powerful 2008 production of Oscar Wilde’s bible-based drama takes the controversially disturbing film Salò as its visual reference, setting it in a debauched palace in Nazi Germany. Strauss’s ravishing and voluptuous score adds to the sexual alchemy conjured by an international cast led by Nadja Michael in the title role. Filmed for the big screen with High Definition cameras and recorded in true surround sound.

Warning: Contains nudity and scenes of violence.

Bonus material:

Synopsis

Cast gallery

David McVicar: A work in process – a full ITV documentary on David McVicar and his work on Salome, with unique interviews and extensive backstage footage (itv Productions)

Running time 169 mins

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“The only ideal voice to be heard is the first, Joseph Kaiser's as an angelic-sounding Narraboth; but most shortcomings are overridden by Jonathan Haswell's accomplished filming. McVicar's energetic, slightly scary part in all this, as actor and designer manqué, comes across entertainingly in the 50-minute documentary.” BBC Music Magazine, November 2008 ****

“For all its nudity and gore Salome ends the evening in a white petticoat red with blood (mostly from the executioner) – this is a conventional production which lays out the story straightforwardly. It is based on Pasolini's film Salo which gives us the 1930s setting and 'decadent' extras (who could be much more animated) standing around watching an everyday story of the Herods. Es Devlin's handsome set shows us Herod's banquet in progress upstairs in addition to the main area of the basement, and becomes nicely mobile during a Dance in Seven Rooms (which, according to the accompanying documentary, depicts Salome's abused upbringing). Nadja Michael has become in short order Europe's Number One not-quite-hochdramatische choice for physically demanding productions. She is an attractive Salome, moving like a dancer, as physically unafraid as she is vocally – and this tricky sing, with its ferocious tuning, suits her. Michael Volle is an imposing, richtoned [Jokanaan], given little to do but emote about Jesus. Both these German artists make a considerable impact through their own voices and physicality – but it is Thomas Moser's weakly human Herod who emerges as the most truly lived-in character. Philippe Jordan seems to have balanced his orchestra extremely well for both house and cast and is especially alert to the most modern twists of Strauss's harmonies. The filming (Jonathan Haswell) is sensitive to David McVicar's work while being much more than merely a static record” Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

“Nadia Michael… is an attractive Salome, moving like a dancer, as physically unafraid as she is vocally… Michael Volle is an imposing, rich-toned Narraboth… but it is Thomas Moser's weakly human Herod who emerges as the most truly lived-in character. Philippe Jordan seems... especially alert to the most modern twists of Strauss's harmonies. The filming (Jonathan Haswell) is sensitive to David McVicar's work while being much more than merely a static record.” Gramophone Magazine, February 2009

“The colourful sets amplify the decadence, and Salome's dance is sensuously managed. Michael's Salome can sing and dance with comparable flair and accuracy. Thomas Moser's Herod is genuinely moving...The orchestra plays splendidly under Philippe Jordan” Penguin Guide, 2010 edition **

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Purcell: The Fairy Queen, Z629

Purcell: The Fairy Queen, Z629

Recorded live at Glyndebourne Opera House, Lewes, East Sussex, on 17th & 19th July 2009.


Lucy Crowe (Juno/Mystery), Claire Debono (Spring/First Fairy), Anna Devin (Second Fairy), Helen-Jane Howells (Eve), Carolyn Sampson (Night), Robert Burt (Mopsa), Sean Clayton (Summer), Ed Lyon (Secrecy/Adam), Adrian Ward (Autumn), Lukas Kargl (Phœbus), Desmond Barrit (Drunken Poet), Andrew Foster-Williams (Winter/Sleep/Coridon/Hymen)

Actors: Sally Dexter (Titania), Joseph Millson (Oberon), Desmond Barrit (Bottom), Susannah Wise (Hermia), Oliver Le Suer (Demetrius), Oliver Kieran Jones (Lysander), Jotham Annan (Puck)

The Glyndebourne Chorus & Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, William Christie (conductor) & Jonathan Kent (stage director)

Jonathan Kent’s spectacular production of Purcell’s huge semi-opera is joyous, imaginative and witty. Glyndebourne, with its intimate auditorium, provides the perfect setting for a drama which is partly spoken and partly sung. Based on an adaptation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the story is lavished with a brilliance that justifies this production’s acclaim. Paul Brown’s inventive designs, Kim Brandstrup’s exquisite choreography, an excellent cast of actors and singers and outstanding playing by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment under William Christie combine to make a seamless theatrical experience, here recorded in High Definition and true surround sound.

“There are too many highlights to mention in this varied and infinitely delightful entertainment. Glyndebourne has a triumph on its hands.” The Stage

Extra features:

Interview with William Christie

Interview with Jonathan Kent

Running time 3 hours 41 mins

Region code All regions

Picture format 16:9 Anamorphic

Sound format 2.0 LPCM & 5.1 DTS digital

Menu language EN

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“Jonathan Kent's joyous Glyndebourne production burst[s] with opulent stagecraft...Kent is abetted by William Christie in the pit, a man of the theatre down to his gainfully-employed fingertips...Altogether a riotously funny, ravishingly intelligent production.” BBC Music Magazine, November 2010 *****

“Kudos to director Jonathan Kent and the entire production team of Glyndebourne's fabulous 2009 reincarnation of the music and play reunited...the production is a treat to watch...this DVD conveys an exceptionally spectacular event in the theatre.” Gramophone Magazine, October 2010

GGramophone Awards 2010

Best of Category - DVD Performance

GGramophone Magazine

DVD of the Month - October 2010

Building a Library

First Choice (Blu-ray) - September 2011

BBC Music Magazine

DVD Choice - November 2010

BBC Music Magazine Awards 2011

DVD of the Year

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