Britten: Gloriana

Opus Arte: OA1124D

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Britten: Gloriana


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4th Nov 2013




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Britten: Gloriana

Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, June 2013

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)

Royal Opera Chorus & Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Paul Daniel (conductor) & Richard Jones (director)

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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


Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

Susan Bullock on playing Queen Elizabeth I

Toby Spence on playing the Earl of Essex

Inside rehearsals

BBC Music Magazine

January 2014


“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.”

MusicWeb International

12th February 2014

“At its moments of greatest drama and pathos this 2013 production is undeniably effective.”

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