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Central to the Royal Opera's centenary celebrations marking the birth of Benjamin Britten was Richard Jones's witty and insightful new production of the royal operatic pageant that Britten wrote to honour the Coronation, exploring the late life, love and death of Queen Elizabeth I. With powerfully characterised performances by Susan Bullock as Queen Elizabeth and Toby Spence as the dashing and treacherous Earl of Essex, Gloriana is revealed as at once a celebration and a tragedy.
Commissioned by the Royal Opera House in 1953 to mark the Coronation of Elizabeth II.
Richard Jones’ production is set as a 1950s parish hall performance of the Elizabethan drama.
Extra features: Inside Rehearsals, Gloriana Behind the Scenes and a cast gallery.
Running time: 180 minutes
Subtitles EN/FR/DE/JP/KO (ES AND IT TBC)
Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS
Susan Bullock on playing Queen Elizabeth I
Toby Spence on playing the Earl of Essex
“Bullock works assiduously to encompass all the moods of this singularly complex character study, but her vibrato sometimes acquires an edge. Other parts...are finely done, and Paul Daniel paces the Covent Garden Chorus and Orchestra with conviction and flair.”
12th February 2014
“At its moments of greatest drama and pathos this 2013 production is undeniably effective.”
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