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Willard White

Willard White was born in Kingston, Jamaica in 1946 and studied at the Juillard School of Music after Evelyn Rothwell encouraged him to pursue a career in music. He made his opera debut in 1974, singing Colline for New York City Opera, and rapidly found himself in demand throughout Europe and the US: his most famous roles include Bartok's Bluebeard, Claggart in Billy Budd, Boris Godunov, Wotan and Gershwin's Porgy, which he sang on the first-ever stereo recording of the opera in 1977 and in Trevor Nunn's acclaimed televised production from Glyndebourne in 1993. Renowned for his keen dramatic instinct and charismatic stage-presence, White has also made successful forays into straight theatre, most notably as Otello in Nunn's 1990 RSC production, opposite Sir Ian McKellen and Imogen Stubbs.

White was awarded the CBE in 1995 and he was made a Knight Bachelor in the Queen's Birthday Honours in 2004.

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Berliner Philharmoniker play George Gershwin

Berliner Philharmoniker play George Gershwin


Beintus:

He Got Rhythm – Hommage à George Gershwin

Gershwin:

An American in Paris, tone poem

Rhapsody in Blue

Piano Concerto in F major

Strike up the Band Overture

I Got Rhythm (from Girl Crazy & An American in Paris)

Rhapsody in Blue

Wayne Marshall (piano)

Porgy and Bess (highlights)

Willard White (Porgy), Cynthia Haymon (Bess), Cynthia Clarey (Serena), Marietta Simpson (Maria), Damon Evans (Sportin' Life)

Someone to Watch over Me

I Got Rhythm (from Girl Crazy & An American in Paris)

Sir Simon Rattle

Strike up the Band Overture

By Strauss

How Long Has This Been Going On

Nice Work If You Can Get It

Embraceable You

's Wonderful

A Foggy Day (In London Town)

Dianne Reeves

Sir Simon Rattle

Cuban Overture

Summertime (from Porgy and Bess)

Pauline Malefane (soprano)

Bess, you is my woman now (from Porgy and Bess)

Thomas Quasthoff (bass-baritone)

An American in Paris, tone poem

Sir Simon Rattle

Fascinatin' Rhythm

The Man I Love

Nice Work If You Can Get It

Someone to Watch over Me

Summertime (from Porgy and Bess)

I Got Rhythm (from Girl Crazy & An American in Paris)

Susan Graham (mezzo)


July 11, 2017 marks the 80th anniversary of Gershwin's passing. His compositions cover both popular and classical genres and his most popular melodies are widely known. To this day, Gershwin's opera Porgy and Bess is considered to be one of the most important American operas of the 20th century. This box presents Gershwin’s greatest hits in excellent interpretations by the Berliner Philharmoniker under the baton of world-renowned conductors.

Featuring Sir Simon Rattle, Kent Nagano, Seiji Ozawa, Susan Graham, Cynthia Haymon, Dianne Reeves, Marcus Roberts Trio, Wayne Marshall and many others.

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Production years: 1995, 2000, 2003, 2008

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Adams, J: El Niño

Adams, J: El Niño

Live from The Théâtre Musical De Paris - Châtelet, 2000


Dawn Upshaw (soprano), Lorraine Hunt Lieberson (mezzo-soprano) & Willard White (baritone)

Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Kent Nagano (conductor) & Peter Sellars (stage director)

This composition by American minimalist composer John Adams is his take on the “Christmas Oratorio”: a large-scale music theatre work entitled El niño. How does one actually celebrate Christ’s birth in a land where palm trees and race conflicts flourish – in sunny California? Perhaps the way composer John Adams and director Peter Sellars portray it at the beginning of El Niño (La Nativité), which was fi rst performed nine days before Christmas 2000 at the Parisian Théâtre du Châtelet: with a tree and festoons of lights. Their interpretation is supported brilliantly by Dawn Upshaw, Lorraine Hunt Lieberson and Willard White in the main roles.

Bonus Feature: Making of including Interviews with John Adams, Peter Sellars, Kent Nagano and Dawn Upshaw.

Sound Formats: PCM Stereo, DD 5.0, DTS 5.0

Picture Format: 16:9

DVD Format: DVD 9 / NTSC

Subtitle Languages: GB (Original Language), DE, FR, ES, JP

Running Time: 147 mins

(Opera: 119 mins, Making of: 28 mins)

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“Nagano's unfussy direction...ensures maximum clarity...Willard White shakes the heavens while soprano Dawn Upshaw and the late mezzo-soprano Lorraine Hunt Lieberson sing with ferocious intelligence and physicality. Neither has sounded better. Like Nixon in China before it, El Niño already feels like a classic.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2014 *****

“I couldn’t imagine anyone else topping this performance...I find the stage “action” of this “Christmas Oratorio,” as it is referred to in the accompanying booklet, very watchable with the wonderful singing and acting of Dawn Upshaw, Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, Willard White, the three counter-tenors, and the choruses quite moving. The dancers, although in a less important role, are also excellent.” MusicWeb International, 30th January 2014

“Adams and Sellars were lucky with their singers. Happy the show that can put up a trio like this, all in good voice...Hunt Lieberson's acting and movement are as impassioned as her singing...Hugely recommended.” Gramophone Magazine, February 2014

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Wagner - Die Walküre (DVD)

Wagner - Die Walküre (DVD)


Wagner:

Die Walküre

Grand Théâtre, Aix-en-Provence 2006


Robert Gambill (Siegmund), Mikhail Petrenko (Hunding), Willard White (Wotan), Eva-Maria Westbroek (Sieglinde), Eva Johansson (Brünnhilde), Lilli Paasikivi (Fricka), Joanna Porackova (Gerhilde), Elaine McKrill (Ortlinde), Julianne Young (Waltraute), Andrea Baker (Schwertleite), Erika Sunnegårdh (Helmwige), Heike Grötzinger (Siegrune), Eva Vogel (Grimgerde) & Annette Bod (Rossweisse)

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Simon Rattle (conductor) & Stéphane Braunschweig (director)

In a career spanning more than 30 years, Sir Simon Rattle has distinguished himself through his long-term relationships with a number of orchestras, wide-ranging repertoire and innovative educational and audiencebuilding activities. He is currently Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Berliner Philharmoniker and Principal Artist with the OAE. Sir Simon first conducted the Berlin Philharmonic in 1987 and appeared regularly with the orchestra in subsequent years.The summer of 2006 saw the first instalment of their Wagner Ring Cycle at the Aix-en-Provence Festival. Sir Simon's most recent appearance at the Proms in Wagner brought forth ecstatic reviews, which bodes well for possible future installments of the Aix /Salzburg Ring on Bel Air Classiques.

"In what is both Mr. Rattle's and Aix's first Ring Cycle, "Die Walküre," the Ring's second chapter, was magically transformed by the enclosed space and lively acoustics of the Grand Théâtre de Provence. But where the new theater makes another significant difference is in Mr. Braunschweig's staging of the opera. Far more than in last year's "Rheingold," even the gods, notably Wotan and his twin children, Siegmund and Sieglinde, can now be felt to experience deeply human emotions. The final curtain brought a standing ovation for both orchestra and singers, with Ms.Westbroek singled out for her "extraordinary power and lyricism," as Jean-Louis Validire, Le Figaro's music critic, put it… The Ring Cycle continues here with "Siegfried" in 2008 and "Götterdammerüng" in 2009 and, as with "Das Rheingold" and "Die Walküre," they will be presented afresh at the Salzburg Easter Festival the following year." The New York Times, July 5, 2007

“Sir Willard White's patriarchal Wotan seems subtler on screen, more smouldering than stiff, and sings richly… Eva Johansson's… makes a fiery, youthful Brünnhilde, more at one with her fellow Valkyries - a fine bunch - than usual. Rattle's conducting… is easy enough to enjoy - fluent, often sweeping - and, of course, beautifully played by the Berliners...” BBC Music Magazine, December 2008 ****

“Wind and brass detail, the accuracy and blending of the chording and that rhythmic precision which is a Rattle speciality lift the final colloquy between Wotan and Brünnhilde to Olympian heights.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2009

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The Mozart Glyndebourne Collection

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Mozart:

Così fan tutte, K588

(1975)

Helena Dose (Fiordiligi), Sylvia Lindenstrand (Dorabella), Daniele Perriers (Despina), Anson Austin (Ferrando), Thomas Allen (Guglielmo), Frantz Petri (Don Alfonso)

John Pritchard

Don Giovanni, K527

(1977)

Benjamin Luxon (Don Giovanni), Stafford Dean (Leporello), Horiana Branisteanu (Donna Anna), Rachel Yakar (Donna Elvira), Leo Goeke (Don Ottavio), Elizabeth Gale (Zerlina)

Bernard Haitink

Die Entführung aus dem Serail, K384

(1980)

Ryland Davies (Belmonte), Valerie Masterson (Konstanze), Lillian Watson (Blonde), Willard White (Osmin), James Hoback (Pedrillo), Joachim Bissmeier (Pasha Selim)

Gustav Kuhn

Idomeneo, K366

(1974)

Richard Lewis (Idomeneo), Leo Goeke (Idamante), Bozena Betley (Ilia), Josephine Barstow (Elettra), Alexander Oliver (Arbace)

Bernard Haitink

Le nozze di Figaro, K492

(1973)

Knut Skram (Figaro), Ileana Cotrubas (Susanna), Kiri Te Kanawa (Countess Almaviva), Benjamin Luxon (Count Almaviva), Frederica von Stade (Cherubino), Marius Rintzler (Bartolo), Nucci Condo (Marcellina)

John Pritchard

Die Zauberflöte, K620

(1978)

Felicity Lott (Pamina), Leo Goeke (Tamino), Benjamin Luxon (Papageno), Thomas Thomaschke (Sarastro), May Sandoz (Queen of the Night)

Bernard Haitink


Recording Date: 1973
Running Time: more than 900 min
Picture Format: 4:3
Sound Format: PCM Stereo

Language: D, I
Menu Languages NTSC: D, F, GB, SP
Subtitle Languages NTSC: D, F, GB, I, SP

“Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro captures Peter Hall’s delightful and wonderfully vivid production. Cast from strength, it is presided over with great sympathy by conductor John Pritchard” Gramophone Magazine

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Gershwin: Porgy and Bess

Gershwin: Porgy and Bess


Willard White (Porgy), Cynthia Haymon (Bess), Gregg Baker (Crown), Harolyn Blackwell (Clara), Cynthia Clarey (Serena), Marietta Simpson (Maria), Damon Evans (Sportin' Life)

Glyndebourne Chorus, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Simon Rattle, production direction by Trevor Nunn

Subtitles: English , French, German, Italian

“In an ideal world, operatic recordings would always evolve in this way...We've a real sense here of Gershwin's community, a feeling of oneness with the piece from singers who've not only lived with, but through, their characters. I doubt we'll ever hear the score in a better light. And what a score it is.” Gramophone Magazine, June 1989

Presto Greatest Recordings

1980s

Penguin Guide

Rosette Winner

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The Royal Opera Collection

The Royal Opera Collection


Benjamin, G:

Written on Skin

Christopher Purves (Protector), Barbara Hannigan (Agnès), Bejun Mehta (First Angel/Boy), Victoria Simmonds (Second Angel/Marie) & Allan Clayton (Third Angel/John)

George Benjamin (conductor) & Katie Mitchell (director)

Bizet:

Carmen

Anna Caterina Antonacci (Carmen), Jonas Kaufmann (Don Jose), Norah Amsellem (Micaela), Ildebrando D'Arcangelo (Escamillo), Jacques Imbrailo (Morales), Matthew Rose (Zuniga), Elena Xanthoudakis (Frasquita), Viktoria Vizin (Mercedes), Caroline Lena Olsson (Lillas Pastia), Jean Sebastien Bou (Le Dancaire), Jean-Paul Fouchecourt (Le Remendado)

Antonio Pappano (conductor) & Francesca Zambello (stage director)

Britten:

Gloriana

Susan Bullock (Queen Elizabeth I), Toby Spence (Earl of Essex), Patricia Bardon (Countess of Essex), Mark Stone (Lord Mountjoy), Kate Royal (Lady Rich), Jeremy Carpenter (Sir Robert Cecil), Clive Bayley (Sir Walter Raleigh) & Brindley Sherratt (Ballad Singer)

Paul Daniel (conductor) & Richard Jones (director)

Leoncavallo:

Pagliacci

Dimitri Platanias (Tonio), Aleksandrs Antonenko (Canio), Carmen Giannattasio (Nedda), Dionysus Sourbis (Silvio), Benjamin Hulett (Beppe)

Antonio Pappano (conductor) & Damiano Michieletto (director)

Mascagni:

Cavalleria Rusticana

Eva-Maria Westbroek (Santuzza), Aleksandrs Antonenko (Turiddu), Dimitri Platanias (Alfio), Martina Belli (Lola), Elena Zilio (Mamma Lucia)

Antonio Pappano (conductor) & Damiano Michieletto (director)

Mozart:

Don Giovanni, K527

Mariusz Kwiecien (Don Giovanni), Alex Esposito (Leporello), Alexander Tsymbalyuk (Commendatore), Véronique Gens (Donna Elvira), Antonio Poli (Don Ottavio), Malin Byström (Donna Anna), Elizabeth Watts (Zerlina) & Dawid Kimberg (Masetto)

Nicola Luisotti (conductor) & Kasper Holten (director)

Die Zauberflöte, K620

Simon Keenlyside (Papageno), Dorothea Röschmann (Pamina), Will Hartmann (Tamino), Diana Damrau (Queen of the Night), Franz-Josef Selig (Sarastro), Adrian Thompson (Monostatos), Ailish Tynan (Papagena)

Colin Davis (conductor), David McVicar (dir.)

Puccini:

La Bohème

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

Andris Nelsons (conductor) & John Copley (director)

Turandot

Lise Lindstrom (Turandot), Marco Berti (Calaf), Eri Nakamura (Liu), Raymond Aceto (Timur), Dionysos Sorbis (Ping), David Butt Philip (Pang), Doug Jones (Pong), Alasdair Elliott (Emperor); Michel de Souza (Mandarin), Marianna Cotterill and Anne Osborne (Handmaidens)

Henrik Nánási (conductor) & Andrei Serban (director)

Il Trittico

Il Tabarro: Lucio Gallo (Michele), Aleksandrs Antonenko (Luigi), Eva-Maria Westbroek (Giorgetta), Irina Mishura (La Frugola) Suor Angelica: Ermonela Jaho (Suor Angelica), Anna Larsson (La Zia Principessa), Eryl Royle (Suor Osmina), Anna Devin (Suor Genovieffa); Gianni Schicchi: Lucio Gallo (Gianni Schicchi), Ekaterina Siurina (Lauretta), Francesco Demuro (Rinuccio), Elena Zilio (Zita), Rebecca Evans (Nella), Marie McLaughlin (La Ciesca), Jeremy White (Betto di Signa)

Antonio Pappano (conductor) & Richard Jones (director)

Strauss, R:

Salome

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

Philippe Jordan (conductor) & David McVicar (stage director)

Szymanowski:

Król Roger

Mariusz Kwiecien (King Roger II of Sicily), Georgia Jarman (Roxana), Saimir Pirgu (Shepherd), Kim Begley (Edrisi), Alan Ewing (Archbishop), Agnes Zwierko (Deaconess)

Antonio Pappano (conductor) & Kasper Holten (director)

Verdi:

Macbeth

Simon Keenlyside (Macbeth), Liudmyla Monastyrska (Lady Macbeth), Raymond Aceto (Banquo), Dmitri Pittas (Macduff), Nigel Cliffe (Servant), Steven Ebel (Malcolm), Elisabeth Meister (Lady-in-Waiting) & Lukas Jakobski (Doctor)

Antonio Pappano (conductor) & Phyllida Lloyd (stage director)

La Traviata

Renée Fleming (Violetta), Joseph Calleja (Alfredo Germont), Thomas Hampson (Giorgio Germont), Eddie Wade (Baron Douphol) & Richard Wiegold (Doctor Grenvil)

Antonio Pappano (conductor) & Richard Eyre (director)

Wagner:

Parsifal

Simon O’Neill (Parsifal), Angela Denoke (Kundry / Voice from Above), René Pape (Gurnemanz), Gerald Finley (Amfortas), Willard W. White (Klingsor) & Robert Lloyd (Titurel)

Antonio Pappano (conductor) & Stephen Langridge (director)


The Royal Opera Collection brings together 15 outstanding productions from The Royal Opera, spanning all-time classics and contemporary masterpieces. Featuring some of the world’s finest performers and leading directors, The Collection demonstrates the breadth of The Royal Opera’s work including Le nozze di Figaro, Carmen, Turandot, La traviata, Cavalleria rusticana, Pagliacci, and the multiple award winning Written on Skin. A special edition book is also included, containing new articles about The Royal Opera, richly illustrated with stunning photographs.


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Wagner: Parsifal

Wagner: Parsifal

Recorded live at the Royal Opera House


Simon O’Neill (Parsifal), Angela Denoke (Kundry / Voice from Above), René Pape (Gurnemanz), Gerald Finley (Amfortas), Willard W. White (Klingsor) & Robert Lloyd (Titurel)

Royal Opera Chorus & Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Antonio Pappano (conductor) & Stephen Langridge (director)

Wagner’s last opera Parsifal is a work of intense humanity. It narrates the story of a troubled community ultimately healed through one man’s realization of the power of compassion. Created in honour of the bicentenary of Wagner’s birth, Stephen Langridge’s new production, with designs by Alison Chitty, distils with ‘intellectual fibre and visual eloquence’ (Financial Times) the timeless and universal nature of the Parsifal story. The cast includes great Wagnerian tenor Simon O’Neill in the title role. René Pape as Gurnemanz is ‘immaculate’ (Guardian), Gerald Finley as Amfortas is ‘compelling’ (Telegraph) and Angela Denoke as Kundry is ‘dramatically electrifying’ (Telegraph). The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House under Royal Opera Music Director Antonio Pappano give a ravishing rendition of Wagner’s sublime score. Filmed in High Definition and recorded in true Surround Sound.

Running time: 281 minutes

Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/JP/KO

Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

“this is a well-thought-through production whose ideas don’t fight against the music...In musical terms, too, this is a simply excellent performance...[Gurnemanz] is a role that René Pape might have been born to sing...[Finley] is similarly balm to the ears as Amfortas...[Denoke] seizes every dramatic opportunity which the role gives her.” MusicWeb International, 9th December 2014

“Amfortas [is] sung and acted with the greatest distinction by Gerald Finley...Denoke is always striking as Kundry but doesn't really have a large enough voice for the demanding role. The minor roles are well taken. And the orchestra covers itself with glory, tirelessly magnificent for all 270 minutes.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2015 **

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Dvorak: Rusalka, Op. 114

Dvorak: Rusalka, Op. 114

Recorded at La Monnaie


Myrtò Papatanasiu, Pavel Černoch, Annalena Persson, Willard White, Renée Morloc

La Monnaie Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, Ádám Fischer

Staged by Stefan Herheim

Antonín Dvořák’s next to last opera draws its substance from the underwater wonderland of little mermaids, Undines and Melusines: Rusalka, a water nymph, wishes to become human in order to be lovedby the young prince. Despite being warned against it, she asks the witch Ježibaba to help her. In order forher wish to be fulfilled, Rusalka must give up her voice and face eternal damnation if her love fails.

Jaroslav Kvapil’s libretto inspired Dvořák to compose a masterpiece, a compelling opera full of poignant lyricism and dramatic twists.

Ádám Fisher and Stefan Herheim masterfully present this ‘lyrical fairytale’ at La Monnaie, Belgium.

La Monnaie has been acclaimed best opera house of the year 2011 (Opernwelt).

In this widely acclaimed interpretation, the fairytale elements assume frighteningly realistic dimensions, making this enchanting production a psychoanalytical study of male fantasies and female archetypes.

Includes 10-minute Behind-the-Scenes Bonus with Interviews with Stefan Herheim and others.

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Region code: All

Original language: Czech

Subtitles: English, German, French, Dutch, Korean

Booklet notes: English, German, French

Running time: 152 mins performance + 10 mins Behind-the-Scenes bonus

FSK: 6

“The cast throw themselves into [the production] with admirable energy, but it's simply too calculated and posturing...musically this isn't at all bad. Adam Fischer's conducting is smooth, rich and idiomatic, his principals good. Myrto Papatanasiu hasn't quite the ideal purity of tone, but she has as much passion and vulnerability as the staging allows.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2015 ***

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Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail, K384

Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail, K384

Live recording from the Glyndebourne Festival Opera, 1980


Ryland Davies (Belmonte), Valerie Masterson (Constanze), Lillian Watson (Blonde), Willard White (Osmin), James Hoback (Pedrillo) & Joachim Bissmeier (Selim)

The London Philharmonic Orchestra & The Glyndebourne Chorus, Gustav Kuhn (conductor) & Peter Wood (stage director)

In the Glyndebourne Entführung aus dem Serail from 1980, which was so amusingly and yet sensitively staged by Peter Wood, Gustav Kuhn led his excellent soloists Valerie Masterson, Ryland Davies, Lillian Watson and Willard White to an ensemble performance of great unity which was interspersed with exact and beautifully worked dialogue. The Singspiel, this hybrid of music and word, rose to life here in the most convincing fashion.

The story of the lovers Konstanze and Belmonte, the two servants Blonde and Pedrillo, the pasha Selim and the mean warden Osmin, is not terribly original and would have been forgotten long ago had it not been for Mozart. On the libretto of Johann Gottlieb Stephanie he created a masterwork starting with the fervent overture, reminding of the military march music of the Janissaries, and ending up with enchanting ensemble finali.

Sound Formats: PCM Stereo

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Subtitle Languages: DE (Original Language), GB, FR, ES

Running Time: 143 mins

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“Even if the 1980 picture quality is poor, Wood's Glyndebourne production looks charming...Kuhn is excellent.” BBC Music Magazine, June 2014 ****

“[Ryland Davies's] elegant lyric tenor is near ideal...Lillian Watson is a pert and well-acted Blonde...[Masterson sings] with seeming ease, vocal poise and good expression...Kuhn, renowned for his support for singers, paces the work without undue hurry.” MusicWeb International, 14th January 2014

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Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K620

Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K620

Live Recording from The Glyndebourne Festival Opera, 1978


Felicity Lott (Pamina), Leo Goeke (Tamino), Benjamin Luxon (Papageno), Thomas Thomaschke (Sarastro), May Sandoz (Queen of the Night), Teresa Cahill (Erste Dame), Patricia Parker (Zweite Dame), Fiona Kimm (Dritte Dame), Willard White (Sprecher), John Fryatt (Monostatos), Elisabeth Conquet (Papagena), Neil McKinnon (Erste Geharnischter), John Rath (Zweite Geharnischter), Kate Flowers (Erste Knabe), Lindsay John (Zweiter Knabe), Elisabeth Stokes (Dritter Knabe)

The London Philharmonic Orchestra, Bernard Haitink (conductor) & John Cox (stage director)

Stage Designer DAVID HOCKNEY

Glyndebourne’s 1978 production of Mozart’s Zauberflöte received as much critical acclaim for the imaginative David Hockney sets as for the operatic performance. Hockney, known internationally for his pop art, emphasised the magical and mystical qualities of one of Mozart’s best known operas – and the spirit was wonderfully reflected in John Cox’s production.

The London Philharmonic Orchestra is conducted by Bernard Haitink.

Mozart’s tale of Papageno and Pince Tamino’s quest to rescue Pamina and overthrow the Queen of the Night is one of his best loved operas and here receives an impressive treatment with Leo Goeke, Felicity Lott and Benjamin Luxon in the leading roles. Essential for such an opera, there is a great happy end: Tamino and Pamina overcome their trials and become a loving couple, the malicious Queen of the Night is humbled and even Papageno finds his Papagena.

Sound Format: PCM Stereo

Picture Format: 4:3

DVD Format: DVD 9 / NTSC

Subtitle Languages: DE (Original Language), FR, GB, ES

Running Time: 163 mins

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“The fairytale settings and Hockney costumes are not a good match for the extreme seriousness of Haitink, but superb singing, especially Goeke's Tamino, makes this indispensable.” BBC Music Magazine, July 2013 *****

“Hockney’s approach was designed to reduce perspective and concentrate the move from scenery to backcloth...Haitink’s fleeting tempi are wholly in tune with the production...This colourful production could be ideal for introducing children to opera and as light entertainment for more serious viewers.” MusicWeb International, 14th October 2013

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