Marco Polo (De Nederlandse Opera)

Marco Polo (De Nederlandse Opera)

Director: Misjel Vermerien Cast: Charles Workman, Sarah Castle, Stephen Richardson

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Composer Tan Dun authored his opera Marco Polo in 1996 with a libretto by Paul Griffiths, as a fusion of eastern and western cultures. Inspired by events from the life of the titular explorer, it chronicles Polo's voyages to the far eastern world as a geographic chronicle and journey of self-discovery. This particular production was mounted by the De Nederlandse Opera in 2008; it stars Charles Workman as Polo, and Stephen Richardson as Kublai Khan. Sarah Castle and Nancy Allen Lundy help round out the supporting cast. Pierre Audi directs for the stage and Nanine Linning choreographs; the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra lends added musical support.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/30/2009
UPC: 0809478010104
Original Release: 2008
Source: Bbc / Opus Arte
Region Code: 0
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound]
Time: 2:36:00

Special Features

Illustrated synopsis; Cast gallery; The Music of Tomorrow: a documentary by Reiner E. Moritz, inclusing interviews with the creative team and principal memebers of the cast

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Charles Workman Polo
Sarah Castle Marco
Stephen Richardson Kunlai Khan
Nancy Allen Lundy Water
Zhang Jun Shadow 1/Rustichello/Li Po
Tania Kross Shadow 2/Sheherazada/Mahler/Queen
Stephen Bryant Shadow 3/Dante/Shakespeare
Mu Na Chinese/Arabian Dancer

Technical Credits
Misjel Vermerien Director
Tan Dun Musical Direction/Supervision
Angelo Figus Costumes/Costume Designer
Jean Kalman Set Decoration/Design
Nanine Linning Choreography
Hans Petri Executive Producer
Ferenc van Damme Producer
Coby VanDijck Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Marco Polo
1. Opening Credits [2:00]
2. Opening [1:58]
3. Introduction [2:50]
4. The Book of Timespace Winter [3:52]
5. Piazza [20:46]
6. The Book of Timespace Spring [3:39]
7. Sea [8:04]
8. Bazaar [7:41]
9. The Book of Timespace Summer [2:21]
10. Desert [5:41]
11. Himalaya [5:32]
12. The Wall [18:26]
13. The Book of Timespace: Autumn [7:48]
14. The Wall (Continued) [11:40]
15. Curtain Calls [15:28]
16. End Credits [3:13]

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Marco Polo (De Nederlandse Opera) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Matthew15 More than 1 year ago
Tan Dun is probably known best for his film scores to "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" and Hero. This DVD is a performance of his 1st opera. In "Marco Polo", the title character is actually played by two people: a woman plays the part of Marco, and a man plays the part of Polo. The piece transitions between a physical journey and a spiritual journey. As the orchestra tunes, the players are already on the stage, with others approaching. The character Rustichello acts as a storyteller, and uses a sort of sing-speak method of telling his story. The music is a combination of traditional Oriental and avant-garde Western (modern classical). At one point, a sitarist and a tabla player join the actors onstage. The staging and costuming are bizarre, and complement the music well. "Marco Polo" is very colorful and theatrical, like his opera "The First Emperor", which was a huge success when it premiered at the Metropolitan Opera in 2007. Opus Arte DVDs (such as this one) usually contain an illustrated synopsis, which may be helpful prior watching the opera. A 25-minute documentary is also included, allowing the viewer to learn more about the composer, players and crew.