Walter Braunfels Die Vögel (The Birds) opera to a libretto by the composer. Directed 2009 by Darko Tresnjak at the Los Angeles Opera. Stars Désirée Rancatore (Nightingale), Brandon Jovanovich (Good Hope), James Johnson (Loyal Friend), Martin Gantner (Hoopoe), Stacey Tappan (Wren), Brian Mulligan (Prometheus), Matthew Moore (Eagle/Zeus), Daniel Armstrong (Raven), Valerie Vinzant (First Thrush), Courtney Taylor (Second Thrush), John Kimberling (Flamingo), Renee Sousa (First Swallow), Rebecca Tomlinson (Second Swallow), Ayana Haviv (Third Swallow), Nicole Fernandes (First Tit), Tara Victoria Smith (Second Tit), Adriana Manfredi (First Dove), Helene Quintana (Second Dove), Amber Erwin (Third Dove), and Jennifer Wallace (Fourth Dove). James Conlon conducts the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra (Concert Master Stuart Canin) and Chorus (Chorus Master Grant Gershon). Set design by David P. Gordon; costume design by Linda Cho, lighting design by David Weiner, choreography by Peggy Hickey. Directed for home video by Kenneth Shapiro. Released 2010, disc has 5.1 dts-HD Master Audio surround sound. Grade B
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