Berlioz: Beatrice et Benedict (DVD)

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Stéphanie d’Oustrac, Paul Appleby, Glyndebourne Festival Opera

Stéphanie d’Oustrac (Béatrice), Paul Appleby (Bénédict), Philippe Sly (Claudio), Sophie Karthäuser (Hero), Lionel Lhote (Somarone), Frédéric Caton (Don Pedro), Katarina Bradić, (Ursule)

Glyndebourne Festival Opera, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Antonello Mana (conductor)

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Through the eye of French director Laurent Pelly this expression of Berlioz’s undying admiration for the Bard - his adaptation of Much Ado about Nothing as an opéra comique - becomes ‘an elegant treatise on love and music designed in shades of grey with 50s-era costumes’ (Sunday Express). Housed by designer Barbara de Limburg in a series of oversized boxes, it’s ‘terribly chic, terribly pretty’ (The Spectator). Soaring over the ‘warmly graceful playing of the London Philharmonic’, Paul Appleby sings ‘attractively’ as Bénédict and Stéphanie d’Oustrac ‘makes a marvellously wiry and fiery Béatrice, singing with charm and acting with gusto’ (The Telegraph).

Subtitles in English, German, French, Korean & Japanese
Region Code: All Regions
Run Time: 2 hours 9 minutes
Picture: NTSC 16:9