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Contrary to what one might assume, this highly unusual production of Hector Berlioz's 1838 opera Benvenuto Cellini -- about the life and exploits of the notoriously bawdy 16th century sculptor Cellini -- resists a straightforward operatic account of its subject. Instead, set designer and stage director Philipp Stölzl creates a postmodern blend of Batman-esque fantasy, Metropolis-esque futurism, and Piranesi quotes displayed amid photomontages to relay its colorful story. The production stars Burkhard Fritz as the...
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Overview

Contrary to what one might assume, this highly unusual production of Hector Berlioz's 1838 opera Benvenuto Cellini -- about the life and exploits of the notoriously bawdy 16th century sculptor Cellini -- resists a straightforward operatic account of its subject. Instead, set designer and stage director Philipp Stölzl creates a postmodern blend of Batman-esque fantasy, Metropolis-esque futurism, and Piranesi quotes displayed amid photomontages to relay its colorful story. The production stars Burkhard Fritz as the rake, Maija Kovalevska as Teresa, and Laurent Naouri as Fieramosca, as well as Brindley Sherratt as Giacomo Balducci. Valery Gergiev conducts the Wiener Philharmoniker orchestra, while Andreas Schüller serves as chorus master for the Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/26/2011
  • UPC: 730099000666
  • Original Release: 2007
  • Source: Naxos
  • Presentation: Stereo / DTS
  • Sound: stereo, DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound
  • Language: Français
  • Time: 2:43:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 71,273

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Burkhard Fritz Benvenuto Cellini
Maija Kovalevska Teresa
Laurent Naouri Fieramosca
Brindley Sherratt Giacomo Balducci
Mikhail Petrenko Pope Clemens VII
Kate Aldrich Ascanio
Valery Gergiev Conductor
Technical Credits
Andreas Morell Director
Hector Berlioz Score Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Entertaining for sure!

    This production definitely gives you a sense of awe and spectacle. There is never a dull moment. I was truly impressed with the sheer production value of this opera.

    The performances given by this cast were truly tremendous...given with high energy and vocal clarity.

    While I enjoyed the production, it doesn't seem like it would've been what the composer had intended at all for his show. Doesn't really seem appropriate for the style/period of which the composer wrote for.

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