Billy Budd (complete operetta recorded in 2010) BLU-RAY

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BENJAMIN BRITTEN
Billy Budd (complete operetta recorded in 2010) BLU-RAY
Glyndebourne Opera / John Mark Ainsley, Jacques Imbrailo, Phillip Ens / Mark Elder (cond)

[ Opus Arte Blu-Ray / Blu-ray Disc ]

Release Date: Monday 1 August 2011

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"..this is the most compelling Billy Budd on video, and superb in Blu-ray."
(DVD Choice - July 2011 BBC Music *****)

BBC Music Magazine Awards 2012 - DVD Finalist

"[Elder paces] the developing tragedy with airily lyrical detail and brooding, ominous power. John Mark Ainsley' s plangent, dark-toned tenor and intense diction show us a more neurotic Vere than usual...Phillip Ens's Claggart maintains a chilly calm, sadistic philosopher rather than snarling bully...[Imbrailo's Billy] is no plaster saint but gauche, hyperactive and open-hearted...this is the most compelling Billy Budd on video, and superb in Blu-ray."
(DVD Choice - July 2011 BBC Music *****)

"none of the camera's interventions disturb the sweep of Michael Grandage's carefully realistic production...you're still sucked inside the drama, especially if you watch on a widescreen TV...[Imbrailo] is as ardent and puppyish as you could wish...the London Philharmonic revel in the baleful drums, salty woodwinds, and dark beauty of Britten's score. On DVD as much as in the opera house, this is a Billy Budd to remember."
(The Times)

Glyndebourne has a proud association with the operas of Benjamin Britten, however until 2010 had never staged Billy Budd. The all-male opera with a libretto co-written by EM Forster, is based on the battle between pure good and blind evil, and is set on a British man-'o-war ship.

Michael Grandage, Artistic Director of the Donmar Warehouse, chose this work to make his long-awaited operatic debut. Sir Mark Elder returned to conduct, marking the 100th opera production in his illustrious career.

Extra features:

Introducing Billy Budd

Designs on Billy Budd

Running time 200 mins

Region Code All regions

Picture format 1080i High Definition / 16:9

Sound format 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

Menu languages EN Subtitles EN/FR/DE/ES