[ Opus Arte Blu-ray / Blu-ray Disc ]
Release Date: Saturday 10 May 2014
Suitable for General Audiences
Deborah Warner's beautiful and evocative production of Britten's final operatic masterpiece has been acclaimed as an 'exquisitely achieved marriage of music, drama and design' (The Independent). In Britten's luminous and compelling interpretation of Thomas Mann's classic novella, the ageing writer Gustav von Aschenbach's infatuation with the Polish boy Tadzio and his subsequent decline are portrayed in a 'remarkable and harrowingly believable' performance (The Guardian) by John Graham-Hall, who had already won golden opinions for singing the role of Aschenbach at La Scala. The superb ENO chorus and orchestra are conducted by Edward Gardner, a long-standing champion of Britten's music.
Running time: 153 minutes
"Deborah Warner directs this visually stunning but emotionally harrowing ENO production. John Graham-Hall is totally convincing as the ageing writer Aschenbach, struggling with his obsession with the young Tadzio, and Edward Gardner conducts a haunting rendition of the score" (Maurice Millward)
"Warner's production is worthy of this magnificent work, and she has secured disciplined and stylish performances from her cast. Visually it is both stunning and haunting...So much depends on the role of Aschenbach, and here John Graham-Hall does a fine job...Andrew Shore is superb; he manages to give each one an individuality...So is this the best 'Death in Venice' on DVD? I suspect it is, for it is very fine." MusicWeb International, 3rd June 2014
"It's not often one can say a production is improved by viewing on a small screen but, for me, this one was...Graham-Hall is a real stage-animal, convincing us utterly of his descent into obsession...Above all, every colour, timbre and texture of this richly imaginative score comes blazing through under Gardner's baton." (BBC Music Magazine, Aug 2014)