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Birtwistle: Minotaur DVD (The Royal Opera)

The world premiere of The Minotaur by composer Harrison Birtwistle and librettist David Harsent, commissioned by The Royal Opera, brings the Greek mythological character to the stage. Part-man part-beast, the Minotaur is trapped in the labyrinth, and longs to discover his true identity and voice. Theseus, sent to the island of Crete as part of a debt sacrifice, is determined to kill the monstrous creature. He attracts the attention of Ariadne, half-sister and keeper of The Minotaur, and it is her help that ensures his success. Captured here in High Definition video and surround sound, the cast is led by a sublime John Tomlinson as the Minotaur. They rise to great heights under the direction of Antonio Pappano, whose navigation of the monumental musical landscapes carries an intense authority.

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Composer:Harrison Birtwistle
The Minotaur: John Tomlinson
Theseus: Johan Reuter
Ariadne: Christine Rice
Snake Priestess: Andrew Watts
Hiereus: Philip Langridge 

Royal Opera Chorus
Chorus Director and second Conductor: Renato Balsadonna
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Conductor: Antonio Pappano 
Stage Director: Stephen Langridge
Set and Costumes: Alison Chitty
Lighting: Paul Pyant
Choreography: Philippe Giraudeau
Video Designs: Leo Warner and Mark Grimmer for Fifty Nine Productions 

Plus:‘Myth is Universal' documentary

Picture: 16:9
Sound: 2.0 LPCM Stereo/ 5.0 DTS Surround
Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/ES/IT
Region code: NTSC 0
Running Time: 175 mins
Recorded: 2008 

WARNING: Contains scenes of violence and of a sexual nature