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Britten: Death in Venice

Magazine article Gramophone

Britten: Death in Venice

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Britten [DVD-V] [Br] Death in Venice John Graham-Hall ten       Gustav von Aschenbach Andrew Shore bar         Travel ler/Elderly Fop/        Old Gondolier/Hotel Manager/Hotel Barber/          Leader of the Players/Voice of Dionysus Tim Mead counterten              Voice of Apollo Sam Zaldivar dncr                         Tadzio Chorus and Orchestra of English National Opera / Edward Gardner 

Stage director Deborah Warner Video director Ross MacGibbon

Opus Arte [F] [DVD-V] OA1130D; [F] [Br] OABD7141D (153' * NTSC * 16:9 * 1080p * DTS-HD MA5.1, DTS5.1 & LPCM stereo * O * Sts) Recorded live, June 18, 21 & 24, 2013

One of the advantages of watching opera on DVD is that you get the best seat in the house. In the theatre the panoramic projections that form the backdrop to English National Opera's production of Death in Venice could not be seen to full effect from some angles but Opus Arte gives us an ideal vantage point. It might have seemed that no DVD could surpass the beauty of Pier Luigi Pizzi's inimitably Italian staging from La Fenice but Deborah Warner's production is surely its equal visually ravishing in its luminous images of sea and sky, reflecting shadowy gondoliers and heat-hazed outlines of the Venetian skyline. The lighting designer, Jean Kalman, deserves special credit.

In the central role of Gustav von Aschenbach, John Graham-Hall takes us on a devastating journey. Essentially a character tenor, he is parsimonious with the opera's vocal beauty (the recitatives are invariably more telling than the passages of arioso) but he has stamina, clear words and the ability to penetrate to the heart of the role. …

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