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Mozart - Idomeneo, K366 - Pavarotti -1964 Glyndebourne debut recording

Mozart - Idomeneo, K366 - Pavarotti -1964 Glyndebourne debut recording
ID: GFO00664
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Subcollection: Opera

Recorded live at Glyndebourne 14 August 1964.
Includes 2 discs in a 113 page hard-bound book


Mozart is very much Glyndebourne’s signature composer and as a point of fact Glyndebourne was instrumental in putting Mozart back into the repertoire in the UK, so much so that the performing edition of Idomeneo was commissioned by Glyndebourne’s music director Fritz Busch. Glyndebourne’s 1951 Messel production of Mozart’s Idomeneo was the first professional performance in Great Britain. This 1964 recording is from the last staging of the Messel production and an opera John Pritchard had conducted at Glyndebourne since 1952. Pritchard was a consummate Mozartian and this recording allows, for the first time, Janowitz and Pavarotti to be heard before their respective international careers took off. Their vocal timbres are instantly recognisable - fresh, vital, flexible and already burgeoning with a distinctive projection of the text and drama. Pavarotti went on to have a long association with this opera, moving to the title role at the Metropolitan Opera in New York and recording it in the early digital age of 1983 with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra conducted once again by Pritchard. Richard Lewis as Idomeneo in the recording has a gracious sense of style and carries the day.

In the past (10+ years ago) there have been pirated/bootlegged releases of this production taken from a BBC off air recording. This release is from Glyndebourne’s own archive and is NOT the previously available BBC performance.


Richard Lewis (Idomeneo), Gundula Janowitz (Ilia), Luciano Pavarotti (Idamante), Enriqueta Tarrés (Elettra), Dennis Wicks (Nettuno), Neilson Taylor (Arbace), David Hughes (Gran Sacerdote)

London Philharmonic Orchestra & The Glyndebourne Chorus, John Pritchard


Track list:
CD: 1
Idomeneo, rè di Creta, opera, K. 366
1. Ouverture
2. Act 1. Recitativo. Quando avran fine omai
3. Act 1. No. 1. Aria. Padre, germani, addio!
4. Act 1. Recitativo. Ecco, Idamante, ahimè!
5. Act 1. Recitativo. Radunate i Trojani, ite
6. Act 1. No. 2. Aria. Non ho colpa
7. Act 1. Recitativo. Ecco il misero resto de' Trojani
8. Act 1. No. 3. Coro. Godiam la pace, trionfi Amore
9. Act 1. Recitativo. Prence, signor, tutta la Grecia oltraggi
10. Act 1. No. 4. Aria. Tutte nel cor vi sento
11. Act 1. No. 5. Coro. Pietà! Numi pieta!
12. Act 1. Recitativo. Eccoci salvi alfin
13. Act 1. No. 6. Aria. Vedrommi intorno l'ombra dolente
14. Act 1. Recitativo. Cieli! che sento?
15. Act 1. No. 7. Aria. Il padre adorato
16. Intermezzo. No. 8. Marcia
17. Intermezzo. No. 9. Coro. Nettuno s'onori, quel nome risuoni
18. Act 2. No. 10. Recitativo. Siam soli. Odimi Arbace
19. Act 2. Recitativo. Se mai pomposo apparse
20. Act 2. No. 11. Aria. Se il padre perdei
21. Act 2. Recitativo. Qual mi conturbai sensi
22. Act 2. No. 12. Aria. Fuor del mar ho un mar in seno
CD: 2
1. Act 2. Recitativo. Chi mai del mio provò piacer più dolce?
2. Act 2. No. 13. Aria. Idol mio, se ritroso
3. Act 2. No. 14. Marcia. Odo da lunge armonioso suono
4. Act 2. Recitativo. Sidonie sponde!
5. Act 2. No. 15. Coro. Placido è il mar, andiamo
6. Act 2. Recitativo. Parti Idamante
7. Act 2. No. 16. Terzetto. Pria di partir, oh Dio!
8. Act 2. No. 17. Coro. Qual nuovo terrore!
9. Act 2. Recitativo. Eccoti in me, barbaro Nume!
10. Act 2. No. 18. Coro. Corriamo, fuggiamo
11. Act 3. No. 19. Aria. Zeffiretti lusinghieri
12. Act 3. Recitativo. Eistesso vien... oh Dei!
13. Act 3. Recitativo. Principessa, a'tuoi sguardi
14. Act 3. No. 20. Duetto. Spiegarti non poss'io
15. Act 3. Recitativo. Cieli! che vedo?
16. Act 3. No. 21. Quartetto. Andrò ramingo e solo
17. Act 3. No. 24. Coro. O voto tremendo!
18. Act 3. No. 25. Marcia
19. Act 3. No. 26. Cavatina con coro. Accogli, o rè del mar
20. Act 3. Coro. Stupenda vittoria!
21. Act 3. Recitativo. Qual risuono qui intorno
22. Act 3. No. 27. Recitativo. Padre, mio caro padre
23. Act 3. No. 27a. Aria. No la morte
24. Act 3. Recitativo. Ma che più tardi?
25. Act 3. No. 28a. La Voce. Idomeneo cessi essere
26. Act 3. Aria. D'Oreste, D'Ajace
27. Act 3. No. 30. Recitativo. Popoli, a voi l'ultima legge impone
28. Act 3. No. 30a. Aria. Torna la pace alcore
29. Act 3. No. 31. Coro. Scenda Amor, scenda Imeneo
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Bellini - I Puritani

Bellini - I Puritani
ID: GFO00960
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Subcollection: Opera

Recorded live at Glyndebourne on 5 June 1960.
Includes 3 discs in a 80 page hard-bound book.

Italian conductor Vittorio Gui was Glyndebourne’s musical director from 1951 - 1963, and introduced a strong Italian theme in his programming - Rossini and Bellini amongst them. Bellini’s last and arguably richest opera I Puritani, comes from Glyndebourne’s recording archive, dated 1960 and was the first performance of this opera in Britain since 1887.

This is Joan Sutherland’s debut in the role of Elvira. This young and extraordinary bel canto talent is the heroine in this production. She has a beauty of tone, her voice fluent and eloquent, the intimate confines of the Glyndebourne opera house allowing the warm glowing colour in Sutherland’s voice to radiate.

So acclaimed was this production that it was selected for Glyndebourne’s return to the Edinburgh Festival after a 4 year absence and Sutherland, so in love with her Glyndebourne costumes was she, that she borrowed them from the production for her performances as Elvira at the Gran Teatro del Liceo in Barcelona in December 1960.

Joan Sutherland (Elvira), Nicola Filacuridi (Arturo), John Kentish (Bruno), Giuseppe Modesti (Giorgio), Ernest Blanc (Riccardo), David Ward (Valton) & Monica Sinclair (Enrichetta)

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra & The Glyndebourne Chorus, Vittorio Gui


Track list:
CD: 1
I Puritani, opera
1. Act 1. Introduzione
2. Act 1. All'erta! All'erta! L'alba apparì,
3. Act 1. O di Cromwell guerrieri
4. Act 1. A festa!
5. Act 1. Recitativo ed Aria. Or dove fuggo io mai?
6. Act 1. Recitativo ed Aria. Ah! per sempre io ti perdei
7. Act 1. Recitativo ed Aria. T'appellan le schiere
8. Act 1. Scena e Duetto. O amato zio, o mio secondo padre!
9. Act 1. Scena e Duetto. Chi mosse a' miei desir il genitor?
10. Act 1. Coro e Quartetto. Ad Arturo onore
11. Act 1. Coro e Quartetto. A te, o cara
12. Act 1. Finale primo. Il rito augusto si compia senza me
13. Act 1. Finale primo. Cavalier
14. Act 1. Finale primo. Figlia a Enrico, a Carlo sposa
15. Act 1. Finale primo. Son vergin vezzosa
16. Act 1. Finale primo. Sulla virginea testa
17. Act 1. Finale primo. Ferma! Invan rapir pretendi
18. Act 1. Finale primo. Dov'è Arturo?
19. Act 1. Finale primo. Oh vieni al tempio, fedele Arturo
20. Act 1. Finale primo. Ma tu già mi fuggi?
CD: 2
1. Act 2. Introduzione e Romanza. Ah dolor! Ah terror!
2. Act 2. Introduzione e Romanza. Cinta di fiori e col bel crin disciolto
3. Act 2. Introduzione e Romanza. E di morte lo stral non sarà lento
4. Act 2. Scena ed Aria. O rendetemi la speme...
5. Act 2. Scena ed Aria. Qui la voce sua soave mi chiamava e poi sparì
6. Act 2. Scena ed Aria. Vien, diletto, è in ciel la luna
7. Act 2. Duetto - Finale secondo. Il rival salvar tu dêi
8. Act 2. Duetto - Finale secondo. Se tra il buio un fantasma vedrei bianco, lieve...
9. Act 2. Duetto - Finale secondo. Riccardo! Riccardo!
10. Act 2. Duetto - Finale secondo. Suoni la tromba
11. Act 3. Uragano
12. Act 3. Romanza e Duetto. Son salvo, alfin son salvo
13. Act 3. Romanza e Duetto. A una fonte afflitto e solo
14. Act 3. Romanza e Duetto. Qual suon!
15. Act 3. Romanza e Duetto. Son già lontani
16. Act 3. Romanza e Duetto. Finì... me lassai
17. Act 3. Romanza e Duetto. Che provò lontan da me?
18. Act 3. Romanza e Duetto. Vieni, vieni fra queste braccia
19. Act 3. Finale terzo. Arturo? Lo sciagurato!
20. Act 3. Finale terzo. Cavalier, ti colse il Dio
21. Act 3. Finale terzo. Credeasi, misera!
22. Act 3. Finale terzo. Suon d'araldi?
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Prokofiev - Betrothal in a Monastery ('The Duenna'), Opera, Op. 86

Prokofiev - Betrothal in a Monastery ('The Duenna'), Opera, Op. 86
ID: GFO00206
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Subcollection: Opera

Recorded live at Glyndebourne on 12, 15 & 22 August 2006. A recording of a rarely performed work with consummate Russian conductor and cast.

Prokofiev’s last opera, Betrothal in a Monastery, launched the Glyndebourne label in 2008. According to Shostakovich it was ‘one of Prokofiev’s most radiant and buoyant works’. It has been unavailable for several months and back in stock, repackaged in line with the more recent Glyndebourne releases.

Luxury 256-page hard-bound book.
Essay by Harlow Robinson, world authority on Soviet and Russian cultural history.
Includes full libretto in Cyrillic with English, French and German translations.


Viascheslav Voynarovskiy (Don Jerome), Andrey Breus (Ferdinand), Lyubov Petrova (Louisa), Alexandra Durseneva (The Duenna), Vsevolod Grivnov (Don Antonio), Nino Surguladze (Clara), Sergei Alexashkin (Mendoza), Alan Opie (Don Carlos)

London Philharmonic Orchestra & The Glyndebourne Chorus, Vladimir Jurowski

Track list:
CD:1
Betrothal in a Monastery ('The Duenna'), Opera, Op. 86
1. Prelude
2. Act 1. Tableau 1. Scene 1. But this is just fantasy!
3. Act 1. Tableau 1. Scene 2. Plain. Round-shouldered
4. Act 1. Tableau 1. Scene 3. She has shaken your hand
5. Act 1. Tableau 1. Scene 4. The moon looks in your window
6. Act 1. Tableau 1. Scene 5. Stop that mewing
7. Act 1. Tableau 1. Scene 6. Masker's Dance
8. Act 1. Tableau 1. Scene 7. I had better get her married off
9. Act 1. Tableau 1. Scene 8. Friends, depart
10. Act 2. Tableau 2. Scene 1. It will work, Nanny, won't it?
11. Act 2. Tableau 2. Scene 2. Splendid, Señor, splendid
12. Act 2. Tableau 2. Scene 3. Will you cherish me in my old age?
13. Act 2. Tableau 2. Scene 4. Give it back!
14. Act 2. Tableau 2. Scene 5. If you have a daughter
15. Act 2. Tableau 2. Scene 6. It looks like the first act has been played out wi
16. Act 2. Tableau 3. Scene 1. Buy some fish from Señor Mendoza's barges!
17. Act 2. Tableau 3. Scene 2. Rosina... Rosina...
18. Act 2. Tableau 3. Scene 3. Ferdinand alone is dearer
19. Act 2. Tableau 3. Scene 4. I had known what pranks
20. Act 2. Tableau 3. Scene 5. My beard? My beard is not at all bad
21. Act 2. Tableau 3. Scene 6. There is no greater happiness
22. Act 2. Tableau 4. Scene 1. Yes, yes, yes!
23. Act 2. Tableau 4. Scene 2. My pretty... my pretty
24. Act 2. Tableau 4. Scene 3. When the cheerful fop
25. Act 2. Tableau 4. Scene 4. Well?
CD:2
1. Act 3. Tableau 5. Scene 1. Ah, time does not want to move on
2. Act 3. Tableau 5. Scene 2. Come in, come in
3. Act 3. Tableau 5. Scene 3. Should we take a sly look?
4. Act 3. Tableau 5. Scene 4. It's bad to peep
5. Act 3. Tableau 5. Scene 5. How my soul is beaming!
6. Act 3. Tableau 6. Scene 1. You are not playing in tune
7. Act 3. Tableau 6. Scene 2. My respectful greetings to the Señor!
8. Act 3. Tableau 6. Scene 3. Please, let us continue
9. Act 3. Tableau 6. Scene 4. Lopez! Lopez!
10. Act 3. Tableau 7. Scene 1. Here I am, a nun
11. Act 3. Tableau 7. Scene 2. They have gone, gladdened, happy and in love...
12. Act 3. Tableau 7. Scene 3. It must be here
13. Act 4. Tableau 8. Scene 1. The bottle is the sun of our lives
14. Act 4. Tableau 8. Scene 3. They bring more wine!
15. Act 4. Tableau 8. Scene 4. Take care, Antonio!
16. Act 4. Tableau 8. Scene 5. Straight down to business now, Don Ferdinand
17. Act 4. Tableau 9. Scene 1. I can't understand it
18. Act 4. Tableau 9. Scene 2. Aha, here's Mendoza at last
19. Act 4. Tableau 9. Scene 3. What is this? Why are you here?
20. Act 4. Tableau 9. Scene 4. Son! At last
21. Act 4. Tableau 9. Scene 5. Don Jerome, Don Herome!
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Verdi - Falstaff

Verdi - Falstaff
ID: GFO01260
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Subcollection: Opera

Recorded live at Glyndebourne in June 1960.
Includes 2 discs in a 153 page hard-bound book.


Glyndebourne’s association with Falstaff commenced in 1955 for a production staged at the Edinburgh Festival, directed by Carl Ebert, designed by Osbert Lancaster and conducted by the great Carlo Maria Giulini.
Falstaff quickly proved to be a favourite and enjoyed 5 revivals in quick succession. This recording comes from Glyndebourne Festivals’ 1960 season, conducted by Vittorio Gui, in what was Geraint Evan’s third outing as Falstaff.
Evans sung in the 1957 and 1958 Glyndebourne restagings, in a role that was to go on and have a role in defining him as a singer, performing Falstaff in numerous productions including Covent Garden and the Metropolitan Opera, and on record under Georg Solti.
On this recording, Geraint Evans is joined by Sesto Bruscantini as Ford, Juan Oncina as Fenton, Ilva Ligabue as Alice Ford, a role she is most remembered for having recorded it twice: under George Solti and Leonard Bernstein, this (new/archive) recording predating both these.
The remaining classic cast member is the Swiss tenor Hugues Cuénod as Dr Caius, his glorious sense of the role's comedy beautifully portrayed here. Hugues Cuénod passed away in December 2010 at the age of 108, having a career that spanned 66 years. He was something of an institution at Glyndebourne, walking the Glyndebourne stage for over 30 years and involved in some 470 performances. At the age of 82 he appeared in Glyndebourne’s production of Le nozze di Figaro and in 1990, at the age of 87, was offered the role of Monsieur Taupe in Capriccio, a role he had sung previously at Glyndebourne, but declined.

Geraint Evans (Sir John Falstaff), Ilva Ligabue (Alice), Anna Maria Rota (Meg), Oralia Dominguez (Mistress Quickly), Sesto Bruscantini (Ford), Mariella Adani (Nannetta), Juan Oncina (Fenton) & Hugues Cuénod (Dr Caius)

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Vittorio Gui



Track list:
CD: 1
Falstaff, opera
1. Act 1. Scene 1. Falstaff!
2. Act 1. Scene 1. Sss. Sei polli: sei scellini
3. Act 1. Scene 1. So che se andiam
4. Act 1. Scene 1. V'è noto un tal
5. Act 1. Scene 1. L'Onore! Ladri!
6. Act 1. Scene 2. Alice, Meg, Nannetta
7. Act 1. Scene 2. 'Fulgida Alice! Amor t'offro...'
8. Act 1. Scene 2. Quell'otre! Quel tino!
9. Act 1. Scene 2. È un ribaldo, un furbo, un ladro
10. Act 1. Scene 2. Psst, Psst. Nannetta, Vienqua
11. Act 1. Scene 2. Falstaff m'ha canzonata
12. Act 1. Scene 2. Torno all' assalto
13. Act 1. Scene 2. Udrai quanta egli sfoggia
14. Act 1. Scene 2. Del tuo barbaro diagnostico
15. Act 1. Scene 2. Qui più non si vagoli
16. Act 2. Scene 1. Siam pentiti e contriti
17. Act 2. Scene 1. Alice è mia!
18. Act 2. Scene 1. Padron; di la cè un serto Maestro Fontana
19. Act 2. Scene 1. Signore, v'assista il cielo!
20. Act 2. Scene 1. Io l'amo e lei non m'ama
21. Act 2. Scene 1. Il diavolo Se lo porti all' inferno
22. Act 2. Scene 1. È sogno? O realtà?
23. Act 2. Scene 1. Eccomi qua. Son pronto.
CD: 2
1. Act 2. Scene 2. Presenteremo un bill, per un tassa
2. Act 2. Scene 2. Giunto all' albergo della Giarrettiera
3. Act 2. Scene 2. Gaei comari di Windsor!
4. Act 2. Scene 2. 'Alfint'ho colto'
5. Act 2. Scene 2. Quand'ero paggio
6. Act 2. Scene 2. Mia signora!
7. Act 2. Scene 2. Il diavolo cavalca
8. Act 2. Scene 2. Vien qua. Che chiasso!
9. Act 2. Scene 2. Al ladro! Al pagliardo!
10. Act 2. Scene 2. Se t'aguanto! Se ti piglio!
11. Act 2. Scene 2. Ned! Will! Tom!
12. Act 3. Scene 1. Ehi! Taverniere!
13. Act 3. Scene 1. Reverenza. La bella Alice!
14. Act 3. Scene 1. Legge. Legge
15. Act 3. Scene 1. Quando il rintocco della mezza notte
16. Act 3. Scene 2. Dal labbro il canto est a siato vola
17. Act 3. Scene 2. Nossignore!
18. Act 3. Scene 2. Una, due, tre, Quattro
19. Act 3. Scene 2. Odo un soave passo!
20. Act 3. Scene 2. Ninfe! Elfi! Silfi!
21. Act 3. Scene 2. Sul fil d'un soffio etesio
22. Act 3. Scene 2. Alto là! Chi va là? Pietà!
23. Act 3. Scene 2. Ruzzola, ruzzola
24. Act 3. Scene 2. Naso vermiglio!
25. Act 3. Scene 2. Ogni sorta di gente dozzinale
26. Act 3. Scene 2. Ah! Ah! Ah! Ah!
27. Act 3. Scene 2. Tutto nel mondo è burla
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OPERA & BALLET - Highlights from the Catalogue 2004-05: Opera/Ballet Sampler

OPERA & BALLET - Highlights from the Catalogue 2004-05: Opera/Ballet Sampler
ID: DV-OPSMPL2
CDs: 1
Type: DVD
Subcollection: Opera

Format: PAL
Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
Number of discs: 1
Classification: Exempt
Studio: Tdk UK
DVD Release Date: 31 May 2004
Run Time: 98 minutes
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Kendlinger - Die schönsten Opernchöre - K & K Opernchor / K&K Philharmoniker

Kendlinger - Die schönsten Opernchöre - K & K Opernchor / K&K Philharmoniker
ID: DVD916
CDs: 1
Type: DVD
Collection: Opera Collection
Subcollection: Opera

Region Code: Region 0, Plays in all territories
Color mode: Colour
Screen Format: 16:9
DVD Format: DVD 5
Duration: 65 mins
Subtitles: none
Sound Format: Dolby Digital Stereo
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IVAR HALLSTRÖM - Den Bergtagna (Opera ).

IVAR HALLSTRÖM - Den Bergtagna (Opera ).
ID: CDO1001-2-2
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Collection: World Premiere Recording
Subcollection: Opera

Soloists: Karl-Robert Lindgren (Bass), Bengt Krantz (Voice), Lars Billengren (Tenor),
Berit Lindholm (Soprano), Hillevi Martinpelto (Soprano), Lars Tibell (Tenor), Helge Lannerbäck (Baritone), Monica Sjöholm (Soprano)

A truly great romantic opera. Although written in this small country, it reflects the same kind of grandness found in the works of other operatic composers in this era.
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Eduard Brendler - Ryno - The Knight Errant -Opera

Eduard Brendler - Ryno - The Knight Errant -Opera
ID: CDO1031-2-2
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Collection: World Premiere Recording
Subcollection: Opera

Perhaps the first real Swedish opera from the nineteenth Century. Quite a Mozart inspired work showing true craftsmanship. Completed by Prince Oscar, after the death of the composer.

Ryno - The First Swedish Romantic Opera
Frans Fredric Eduard Brendler was born in Dresden in 1800 and moved to Sweden the following year when his father Johann Frans was appointed flautist with the Court Orchestra. The young Eduard received flute lessons from his father, but did not at first devote himself professionally to music: he was employed as a book-keeper by Jacob Dubbe on the island of Gotland and, upon his return to Stockholm in 1823, referred to himself as a businessman.

That same year he joined the Orchestra of Harmoniska sällskapet (the Harmonic Society) and also appeared as a flute soloist. The following year be was named as an honorary member of the Society.
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Mussorgsky - Boris Godunov (DVD)

Mussorgsky - Boris Godunov (DVD)
ID: VLRT055
CDs: 1
Type: DVD
Collection: Opera Collection

Vladimir Matorin (Boris), V. Osipov (Grigory/'False Dmitry'), Sasha Belyaev (Fyodor), T. Yas'ko (Xenia), Yu. Abakumovskaya (Marina), V. Kirnos (Pimen), Vladimir Svistov (Varlaam), Voinarowski Voinarowski (Shuisky), N. Deminov (Missail), A. Kichigin (Tchelkalov)
Orchestra & Chorus of the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Musical Theatre, Yevgeny Kolobov

The DVD is featured by original recording of the opera and NOT digitally re-mastered Musikalisches Volksdrama in vier Aufziigen und einem Prolog: Dichtung (nach Puschkin und Karamasin) vom Komponislen Boris Godunov V. Matorin Fiodor S. Beljacv Xenia T. Jasko Grigorij V. Osipov Prinz Shujskij V. Voinarovskij Pimen V. Kimos Valaam V. Svistov Misail N. Demi no v Marina Ju. Abakumovskaja Chor und Orchcstcr des Stanislavsky und Nemirovic Dancenko Theater zu Moskau Dirigent: Evgheniy Kolobov Regie: Olga Ivanova Biihnenbild: S. Barchin Choreinstudierung: N. Popovic S. Lysenko Choreinstudierung des Kinderchors: N. Kambiirg Kostiime: T. Barchina

Format: Color, PAL, Import, Full Screen
Region: PAL, Region Code 0, All Regions
Picture Format 4:3, Dolby Digital
Run Time: 138 minutes
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Facing Goya - an opera in four acts composed by Michael Nyman with libretto by Victoria Hardie

Facing Goya - an opera in four acts composed by Michael Nyman with libretto by Victoria Hardie
ID: MNRCD121_122
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Subcollection: Opera

Track Listing:
Act 1
Prelude/Dogs drowning in sand
How do I know you know?
Lavater
Leonardo says
The size of the brain
Weigh the brain

Act 2
The theory of proportions
Stand up and be counted
Measure my body
Galton
Goya’s snub nose
Lombroso
And Goya cried

Act 3
Where is Goya?
The sequence of the gene
A man impaled
The risky gene
Mutation
Brilliant body
Take its DNA
Give me Goya’s skull
Tortured prisoner

Act 4
That day decided
We’ve cracked the genome
I wanted rid of it
And cloning is here to stay
How can you be so stupid?
Forgive me

Box Set includes Full Libretto and extensive booklet notes.

This three cd digipack and booklet box set includes a free bonus cd containing selections from Michael’s two other operas available on MN Records, Man and Boy: Dada and Love Counts

Facing Goya puts science on the cultural stage through the music of Michael Nyman and the inspiration of one of the world’s greatest painters.

Facing Goya is a taut thriller that follows one woman’s passionate search for the 18th Century Spanish artist Goya’s missing skull. Her journey takes us into the dangerous world of racial stereotyping, gene therapy, cloning and humankind’s follies as seen through Goya’s paintings, etchings and captions. The idea for the opera arose from Michael Nyman’s fascination with the insidious study of craniometry that developed in the 1870s. Goya was regarded as one of the greatest painters of his time. Buried in Bordeaux, legend has it that he asked friends to ensure his head was removed prior to burial to prevent the early craniometrists and researchers of eugenics from getting hold of his brain.

“Facing Goya asks the question ‘if Goya’s skull was found, and if indeed, Goya was cloned, what would happen?’”
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