[ Opus Arte Blu-ray / 2 Blu-ray Disc ]
Release Date: Tuesday 1 September 2015
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Wagner's tale of the struggle between spiritual and profane love, and of redemption through love, is given a radical visual update in Sebastian Baumgarten's controversial yet thought-provoking Bayreuth production. Joep van Lieshout's giant installation 'The Technocrat' dominates the stage, its industrial interior giving credence to the idea that Tannhäuser is one big experiment and playing host to some magnificent performances, among them Torsten Kerl's robust interpretation of the title role and Camilla Nylund's wonderfully empathetic Elisabeth.
Extra features: Interviews with Sebastian Baumgarten, Axel Kober, Eberhard Friedrich, Torsten Kerl, Camilla Nylund, Short films: Stage technique, Make-up etc a Cast Gallery.
Running time: 252 minutes
Sound format: stereo/DTS Master Audio 5.1 (BLU-RAY)
This production directed by Kasper Holten, now Director of Opera at the Royal Opera House.
Features Klaus Florian Vogt, one of Germany's leading tenors, as Paul, and Camilla Nylund as Marietta.
Extra features: Cast gallery.
Running time: 151 minutes
"Tannhäuser, not the easiest opera in the repertoire to cast, is handsomely sung here...Torsten Kerl puts his Rienzi experience to good use as the frustrated minstrel...His women are powerful...and (for once) powerfully contrasted. Camilla Nylund's Elisabeth has a range of novel emotions to convey, including humour and sexual interest...Question marks begin with the staging" Gramophone