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Fairytale Operas / Davis, Jurowski, Parry


Release Date: 03/22/2019 
Label:  Opus Arte   Catalog #: 1270  
Composer:  Engelbert HumperdinckLeos JanácekJonathan Dove
Performer:  Thomas AllenElizabeth ConnellDiana DamrauAngelika Kirchschlager,   ... 
Conductor:  Sir Colin DavisVladimir JurowskiDavid Parry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tiffin School Boys ChorusTiffin Children's ChoirRoyal Opera House Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 5 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

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Fantastic storylines abound in opera, but these grand musical settings of much-loved fairytales embrace the imaginary, giving free rein to dreams. The Royal Opera’s acclaimed Hansel and Gretel combines the directors’ characteristic wit and knack for dark comedy with the story’s enduring charm. Glyndebourne’s recounting of the quick-witted fox’s escape into nature balances the opera’s whimsy and mysticism. Opera North’s enchanting staging of Jonathan Dove’s 21st opera is a wittily inventive feast for the eyes and ears, shining new light on Collodi’s original tale, by turns magical and dark. "What an inspired and exciting opera this is.
Read more Gorgeous characters, a busy story rich in incident and an exhilarating mix of music. Delight follows delight." (The Stage - The Adventures of Pinocchio) "Not only was the production a great one to attend as a first opera, but the [video] is perhaps as good an introduction to opera as one could hope for, a success on almost every front." (Musicweb International - Hansel und Gretel) "Lucy Crowe’s glowingly sung Vixen ...Tom Pye’s Hockneyish designs are evocative of a world of childish wonder, with animal costumes which cleverly suggest human characteristic." (The Daily Telegraph - The Cunning Little Vixen)
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Works on This Recording

1.
Hänsel und Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck
Performer:  Thomas Allen (Baritone), Elizabeth Connell (Soprano), Diana Damrau (Soprano),
Angelika Kirchschlager (Mezzo Soprano), Anja Silja (Soprano), Pumeza Matshikiza (Soprano),
Anita Watson (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tiffin School Boys Chorus,  Tiffin Children's Choir,  Royal Opera House Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Germany 
2.
The Cunning Little Vixen by Leos Janácek
Performer:  Lucy Crowe (Soprano), Emma Bell (Soprano), William Dazeley (Baritone),
Jean Rigby (Mezzo Soprano), Adrian Thompson (Tenor), Sarah Pring (Mezzo Soprano),
Colin Judson (Tenor), Mischa Schelomianski (Bass), Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone)
Conductor:  Vladimir Jurowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Glyndebourne Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1921-1923; Brno, Czech Republic 
3.
The Adventures of Pinocchio by Jonathan Dove
Performer:  Carole Wilson (Mezzo Soprano), James Laing (Countertenor), Mark Wilde (Tenor),
Mary Plazas (Soprano), Victoria Simmonds (Alto), Jonathan Summers (Baritone),
Rebecca Bottone (Soprano), Graeme Broadbent (Bass), Allan Clayton (Tenor)
Conductor:  David Parry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Opera North Chorus,  Opera North Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 

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