Fairytale Operas (3Blu-ray)

Opus Arte
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Royal Opera, Glyndebourne, Opera North

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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.

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Extra Features:

On Hansel and Gretel with Colin Davis · Fairytales feature · Creating Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen Thoughts on The Adventures of Pinocchio by the Composer, Librettist, Director and ConductorIllustrated synopses of Hansel and Gretel and The Adventures of Pinocchio · Cast Galleries

Running time: 474 minutes

LPCM 2.0 & LPCM 5.1 (Hansel); LPCM 2.0 & DTS HD

Master Audio 5.1 (Vixen); Dolby True HD 2.0 5.1 (Pinocchio) (BLU-RAY)

Subtitles: English, Français, Deutsch (All Titles); Español, Italiano (Hansel und Gretel, Pinocchio); Korean (Vixen --- Main Feature Only)

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Humperdinck: Hänsel und Gretel

Angelika Kirchschlager (Hänsel), Diana Damrau (Gretel), Elizabeth Connell (Gertrude), Thomas Allen (Peter), Anja Silja (Die Knusperhexe), Pumeza Matshikiza (Sandmännchen), Anita Watson (Taumännchen)

Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Colin Davis (conductor) & Moshe Leiser & Patrice Caurier (stage directors)

Janáček: The Cunning Little Vixen

Lucy Crowe (Vixen), Emma Bell (Fox), Sergei Leiferkus (Forester), William Dazeley (Harasta), Mischa Schelomianski (Badger/Parson), Jean Rigby (Forester's Wife/Owl), Adrian Thompson (Schoolmaster/Mosquito), Colin Judson (Pásek, Innkeeper), Sarah Pring (Innkeeper’s Wife)

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Glyndebourne Chorus, Vladimir Jurowski (conductor) & Melly Still (director)


Dove: The Adventures of Pinocchio

Victoria Simmonds (Pinocchio), Jonathan Summers (Geppetto), Mary Plazas (Blue Fairy), Rebecca Bottone (Cricket/Parrot), Graeme Broadbent (Puppeteer/Ape-Judge/Ringmaster), Allan Clayton (Lampwick), Mark Wilde (Cat), James Laing (Fox/Coachman), Carole Wilson (Pigeon/Snail)

Opera North, David Parry (conductor) & Martin Duncan (stage director)