Adriadne auf Naxos (Blu – ray) - Glyndebourne

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Adriadne auf Naxos (Blu – ray) - Glyndebourne
Composer: Richard Strauss
Release Date: July 29, 2014
Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski
Director: Katharina Thoma
Video Director: Francois Roussillon
Thomas Allen
Soile Isokoski
Kate Lindsey
Laura Claycomb
Torben Jurgens
Sergey Skorokhodov
James Kryshak
Dmitri Vargin
Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra
Label: NAXOS/Opus Arte
Language: English
Subtitles: English, French, German, Korean
Region: B/2
Run time:  142 minutes
Number of discs: 1

Director Katharina Thoma sets Richard Strauss’s comedy in a country house in the South Downs (a surrogate for Glyndebourne), immediately before and during the Second World War.

The librettist Hugo von Hofmannsthals’ conceit – that a hapless young composer has to accept the simultaneous performance of his new tragic opera with a burlesque production from a commedia dell’arte troupe - is turned into a touching wartime drama of nurses, invalids, airmen – and of painful delusions and soul-searching, before final happiness.

The excellent cast is led by Thomas Allen as the Music Master and Soile Isokoski as Ariadne.

Extra features include When Two Worlds Collide, Thomas Allen at Glyndebourne, Vladimir Jurowski on his final production as Music Director and a cast gallery.

“In 40 years of watching Ariadne, the opera has never moved me more.’’
The Daily Mail

‘‘...a terrific evening of onstage entertainment. For any Strauss lover absolute must.’’

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