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Poul Ruders' opera Selma Jezková (sung in English) is based on Lars von Trier's film Dancer in the Dark and follows the heart-wrenching story of Selma, a poor factory worker with failing eyesight who sacrifices her life to ensure that her son receives an eye operation.
The opera is a dark and compelling story of fate; a highly evocative and epic performance yet also intensely distilled with a duration of just 70 minutes. In this DVD production of the 2010 Copenhagen première performance, the forces of the Royal Danish Opera are directed by Kasper Holten and framed by Christian Lemmerz' grand Gothic set design.
Conductor Michael Schønwandt commands the podium and the demanding title role is sung by Ylva Kihlberg, to whom Poul Ruders has dedicated the role.
Region Code: 0
Sung in English
Subtitles in English, German and Danish
Duration: c. 73 min + c.47 min bonus material
Bonus material: Documentary ‘From cradle to the grave’ - the making of Selma Jezková
Sound formats: Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1
“Musically, the work is descended from Berg, in that its free tonality provides an expressive focus yet without the schematic framework becoming inflexible...The cast is dominated, as it needs to be, by Ylva Kihlberg's Selma: her dramatic soprano exudes fervency and commitment...Michael Schønwandt conducts with his customary flair...Indeed the whole production is a triumph of dramatic focus and concentration.”