Death in Venice


Benjamin Britten Death in Venice opera to a libretto by Myfanwy Piper. Directed by Deborah Warner in 2013 at The London Coliseum. Stars John Graham-Hall (Gustav von Aschenbach), Andrew Shore (Traveller/Elderly Fop), Tim Mead (Apollo), Sam Zaldivar (Tadzio), Laura Caldow (The Polish Mother), Mia Angelina Mather (Polish Daughter), Xhuliana Shehu (Polish Daughter), Joyce Henderson (The Governess), and Marcio Teixeira (Jaschiu, Tadzio's friend). Edward Gardner conducts the Orchestra and Chorus of the English National Opera. Released 2014, disc has 5.1 dts-HD Master Audio sound. Grade: NA

Gramophone Magazine in its 2015 Awards Issue lists 3 videos as the best opera recordings for the year, and this Opus Arte Death in Venice is No. 3. It's good to see that the rest of the world is catching on to how important video is to the enjoyment of opera. But it also ridiculous that Gramophone doesn't even state in the awards story that all the three winners were available in Blu-ray. They just give you the DVD catalog numbers.  When it comes to video, the folks at Gramophone just don't know what they are doing.

Here's the official clip: