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Britten: The Rape of Lucretia DVD (Glyndebourne)

Seventy years after its Glyndebourne world premiere, Benjamin Britten’s first chamber opera is welcomed home with ‘a performance of enthralling emotional power and physical beauty’ gifted with ‘piercingly intelligent, immaculately realized staging and superb singing, acting and playing’ led by ‘Fiona Shaw’s supremely nuanced direction’ and underpinned by ‘febrile playing’ from members of the London Philharmonic Orchestra (The Telegraph ★★★★★).
The production eloquently and tastefully tackles the difficult subject, which is lent emotional weight by ‘Christine Rice’s grandly sung Lucretia, noble in tone yet tragically vulnerable’, along with baritone Duncan Rock’s ‘forthright’ Tarquinius and the ‘smooth bass’ of Matthew Rose as the caring Collatinus (The Guardian ★★★★).

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Composer: Benjamin Britten
Lucretia: Christine Rice
Male Chorus: Allan Clayton
Female Chorus: Kate Royal
Tarquinius: Duncan Rock
Collatinus: Matthew Rose
Junius: Michael Sumuel
Bianca: Catherine Wyn-Rogers
Lucia: Louise Alder

London Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Leo Hussain
Director: Fiona Shaw
Recorded live at Glyndebourne Opera House, Lewes

Picture: 16:9
Format: NTSC
Sound: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS
Region: All regions
Subtitle: EN/DE/FR/JA/KO
Running time: 114 mins
Year: 2015