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Britten: Death In Venice / Jenkins, Tear, Opie, Et Al

Britten / Tear / Opie / Lon Sinf, Jenkins
Release Date: 03/26/2002 
Label:  Kultur Video   Catalog #: 44  
Composer:  Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Robert TearAlan Opie
Conductor:  Graeme Jenkins
Number of Discs: 1 
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Death in Venice was Britten's final opera - an extraordinarily atmospheric and haunting adaptation of Thomas Mann's novella, evoking the grandeur and shabbiness of a Venice in the grip of disease. He eloquently and evocatively describes the moral and physical degeneration of Aschenbach, the writer whose obsessive pursuit of beauty in the form of a boy leads him into humiliation and death. Robert Tear takes the demanding role of Aschenbach opposite Alan Opie, who sings the various baritone parts. To portray the beauty and fascination of the Polish family and Tadzio, Britten made prominent the use of dance, by turning these characters into dancers, choreographed in this production by Martha Clarke. This new production for Glydebourne is Read more directed by Stephen Lawless and conducted by Graeme Jenkins. Read less

Works on This Recording

Death in Venice, Op. 88 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Robert Tear (), Alan Opie ()
Conductor:  Graeme Jenkins
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1973; England 

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