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Birtwistle: Minotaur DVD (The Royal Opera)

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The world premiere of The Minotaur by composer Harrison Birtwistle and librettist David Harsent, commissioned by The Royal Opera, brings the Greek mythological character to the stage. Part-man part-beast, the Minotaur is trapped in the labyrinth, and longs to discover his true identity and voice. Theseus, sent to the island of Crete as part of a debt sacrifice, is determined to kill the monstrous creature. He attracts the attention of Ariadne, half-sister and keeper of The Minotaur, and it is her help that ensures his success. Captured here in High Definition video and surround sound, the cast is led by a sublime John Tomlinson as the Minotaur. They rise to great heights under the direction of Antonio Pappano, whose navigation of the monumental musical landscapes carries an intense authority.

Composer:Harrison Birtwistle
The Minotaur: John Tomlinson
Theseus: Johan Reuter
Ariadne: Christine Rice
Snake Priestess: Andrew Watts
Hiereus: Philip Langridge 

Royal Opera Chorus
Chorus Director and second Conductor: Renato Balsadonna
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Conductor: Antonio Pappano 
Stage Director: Stephen Langridge
Set and Costumes: Alison Chitty
Lighting: Paul Pyant
Choreography: Philippe Giraudeau
Video Designs: Leo Warner and Mark Grimmer for Fifty Nine Productions 

Plus:‘Myth is Universal' documentary

Picture: 16:9
Sound: 2.0 LPCM Stereo/ 5.0 DTS Surround
Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/ES/IT
Region code: NTSC 0
Running Time: 175 mins
Recorded: 2008 

WARNING: Contains scenes of violence and of a sexual nature 

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