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
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
“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.”
“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.”
“a most imaginative production from Jonathan Kent that is gorgeous visually and most entertaining to watch; and the Purcell masques fit readily with the spoken narrative. The whole presentation combines charm and period musicality (with the admirable William Christie in charge)...In most respects visually and dramatically this is a triumph.”
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