Gloriana

Overview

English composer Benjamin Britten wrote and mounted his three-act opera Gloriana in 1953, for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. Set in the sixteenth century, the work dramatizes the shifting relationship between Elizabeth I and the Earl of Essex. It opens (in Act One) with Mountjoy and Essex jousting for the Queen's favor. Although Mountjoy wins, Essex manages to woo Her Majesty away from the victor, who is also busy courting Penelope. Meanwhile, Essex threatens to declare war against Ireland. In the final ...
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Overview

English composer Benjamin Britten wrote and mounted his three-act opera Gloriana in 1953, for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. Set in the sixteenth century, the work dramatizes the shifting relationship between Elizabeth I and the Earl of Essex. It opens (in Act One) with Mountjoy and Essex jousting for the Queen's favor. Although Mountjoy wins, Essex manages to woo Her Majesty away from the victor, who is also busy courting Penelope. Meanwhile, Essex threatens to declare war against Ireland. In the final act, he and the Irish rebel Tyrone manage to establish a truce, but Essex bursts in on Elizabeth to share the encouraging news - in her boudoir, at a moment when she is dressing. The monarch issues a death warrant on his head and refuses to officiate a pardon. The innovative director Phyllida Lloyd adapted Britten's opera for film cameras; that work ran on the BBC in 1999, and now appears in this home release. It features Josephine Barstow as Elizabeth I, Tom Randle as The Earl of Essex and David Ellis as Lord Mountjoy. The Chorus of Opera North, and The English Northern Philharmonia, under the baton of Paul Daniel, provide musical accompaniment.
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Special Features

Cast gallery; Interviews with Josephine Barstow, Phyllida Lloyd, Tom Randle, Paul Daniel
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/12/2006
  • UPC: 809478009559
  • Original Release: 2000
  • Source: Bbc / Opus Arte
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Stereo / DTS
  • Sound: stereo, DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound
  • Language: English
  • Time: 2:18:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 74,438

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Josephine Barstow
Technical Credits
Phyllida Lloyd Director
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Benjamin Britten: Gloriana - A Film
1. Overture and Opening [2:13]
2. Mountjoy and Essex [2:08]
3. Entrance of the Queen [3:35]
4. Raleigh's Advice [2:06]
5. The Queen's Judgement [5:48]
6. Gossip and Government [6:55]
7. Elizabeth and Essex [8:36]
8. 'I Am a Woman' [7:07]
9. The Red Dress [7:36]
10. The Queen Taunts Lady Essex [3:31]
11. 'Good Frances, Do Not Weep' [2:18]
12. March & the Queen's Announcement [7:17]
13. News From Ireland [2:46]
14. Essex's Intrusion [8:51]
15. Dressing the Queen [3:00]
16. Elizabeth and Cecil [2:44]
17. The Queen's Decision [4:49]
18. The Verdict [3:38]
19. Pleas for Mercy [5:48]
20. 'I Will Sign It Now' [3:16]
21. The Devotion to the People [2:34]
22. 'Mortua' [2:58]
23. Credits [:56]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Benjamin Britten: Gloriana - A Film
   Film
   Chapters
   Extras
      Cast Gallery
         Queen Elizabeth I - Josephine Barstow
         Earl of Essex - Tom Randle
         Lord Mountjoy - David Ellis
         Penelope, Lady Rich - Susannah Glanville
         Frances, Countess of Essex - Emer McGilloway
         Sir Robert Cecil - Eric Roberts
         Sir Walter Raleigh - Clive Bayley
         Lady in Waiting - Hilary Jackson
      Gloriana at Opera North
      Elizabeth and Essex
      The Idea of the Film
      Gloriana, a Film
   Audio
      Stereo
      DTS Surround
   Subtitles
      English
      Français
      Deutsch
      Español
      Italiano
      None
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