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|Britten - Gloriana|
Actors: Sarah Walker, Anthony Rolfe Johnson, Jean Rigby, Richard Van Allan, Elizabeth Vaughn
Director: Colin Graham
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Musicals & Performing Arts
An Excellent realization of Britten's masterpiece!
Robert W. Upshaw | Albuquerque, NM USA | 02/15/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Both musically and dramatically I found this to be a very satisfying rendition of Britten's Coronation Year masterpiece. Sarah Walker's performance of the title role is a tour de force and the others in the cast support her well. The production, using a single unit set, is well conceived and appropriate. Recommended highly.
The most satisfying rendition of Gloriana available!
KC | London, England | 05/21/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I own the other two versions of this Opera on commercial release. I have to say that the Opera North (heavily edited) version has wonderful psychologically arresting performances. However, this 1983 ENO production has better vocalists in all the central roles. Whilst I prefer the emotional intensity of the Opera North production (Barstow is as fine an Elizabeth I as any on stage or screen), the drama is just as high in the ENO production because the vocalists are so fine; Sarah Walker has a steadier voice than Barstow's rather more 'superannuated' one. However, the orchestra is the most powerful recommendation for this DVD. The intensity of the orchestral performance is a revelation.
This is a glorious sounding Gloriana and has made me realise how special this opera is. This is far from being Britten's 'damp squib' composition. Indeed, I find it a work of great beauty, both subtle and thrilling. The finale is terribly moving. Britten surpassed himself for dramatic intensity in what was a composition of genius. This production helps us see just how good the opera is in the right hands. I recommend it. However, if you have the resources buy the Opera North one as well."