Berlioz: Béatrice et Bénédict DVD (Glyndebourne)

Through the eye of French director Laurent Pelly this expression of Berlioz’s undying admiration for the Bard — his adaptation of Much Ado about Nothing as an opéra comique — becomes ‘an elegant treatise on love and music designed in shades of grey with 50s-era costumes’ (Sunday Express ★★★★). Housed by designer Barbara de Limburg in a series of oversized boxes, it’s ‘terribly chic, terribly pretty’ (The Spectator). Soaring over the ‘warmly graceful playing of the London Philharmonic’, Paul Appleby sings ‘attractively’ as Bénédict and Stéphanie d’Oustrac ‘makes a marvellously wiry and fiery Béatrice, singing with charm and acting with gusto’ (The Telegraph).

Composer:Hector Berlioz
Stéphanie d’Oustrac
Bénédict: Paul Appleby
Claudio: Philippe Sly
Hero: Sophie Karthäuser
Somarone: Lionel Lhote
Don Pedro: Frédéric Caton
Ursule: Katarina Bradić
London Philharmonic Orchestra
The Glyndebourne Chorus
Conductor: Antonello Manacorda
Director: Laurent Pelly

Plus: Cast gallery / Rediscovering a Masterwork.

Picture: 16:9
Sound: LPCM  / DTS 5.1 
Format: NTSC
Region code: 0 worldwide
Running Time: 129 mins
Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/JP/KO