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Hector Berlioz’s opera Benvenuto Cellini is ambitious in every sense of the word, and its extreme demands for a full production have long prevented it from being a runaway success. Until now. The work's combination of romance, excitement, violence, comedy and spectacle proved ideally suited to Terry Gilliam’s stylish, colourful and larger-than-life direction. First seen in English National Opera's 2014 production, its unique look generated much interest and great acclaim: “ … tremendous gusto … the sheer energy and generous humour of the show are hard to resist …” (The Guardian) That production was taken up by the Netherlands' De Nationale Opera, and it's from their critically acclaimed 2015 performances that this tremendous new release has been made.

Hector BERLIOZ (1803–1869)
Benvenuto Cellini
Libretto by Léon de Wailly and Auguste Barbier

Mariangela Sicilia, Soprano • Michèle Losier, Mezzo-soprano
John Osborn, Tenor • Laurent Naouri, Baritone
Maurizio Muraro, Bass-baritone
Dutch National Opera Chorus • Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
Sir Mark Elder, Conductor • Terry Gilliam, Stage Director

With his affinity for the 16th-century sculptor Benvenuto Cellini’s advocacy of artistic and personal freedom, Hector Berlioz went straight for the grand gesture with his first completed opera. Returning to it years after initial production debacles, Berlioz stated that he would ‘never again find such verve and Cellinian impetuosity, nor such a variety of ideas’. The plot revolves around Cellini’s wooing of Teresa, a match frustrated at every opportunity by his rival, the cowardly Fieramosca. Benvenuto Cellini is a pithy work combining romance, excitement, violence, comedy and spectacle; the perfect stage for Terry Gilliam’s stylishly colourful and larger-than-life directing.

2.110575-76 [DVD]
Playing Time: 180 minutes
Picture format: NTSC 16:9
Sound format: PCM Stereo
and DTS 5.1
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
Subtitles: FR, EN, DE, KO, JP
No. of disc/s: 1 (DVD9)
Price Code: OL
NBD0074V [BD]
Playing Time: 180 minutes
Picture format: HD 16:9
Sound format: PCM Stereo
and DTS 5.1
Region code: A, B, C
Subtitles: FR, EN, DE, KO, JP
No. of disc/s: 1 (BD50)
Price code: OL

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About the Artists
Terry Gilliam © Allan Amato
Terry Gilliam first appeared on the scene in 1969 as a member of the TV programme Monty Python’s Flying Circus. In 1975, he co-directed his first film, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, which was followed by his solo directing debut, Jabberwocky. He then went on to make a further eight films, including The Fisher King and Twelve Monkeys . In 2006, he was co-writer and director of Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. His most recent film is The Zero Theorem, starring Christoph Waltz, Matt Damon and Melanie Thierry. Over the years, he has received many awards and prizes for his work. Terry Gilliam made his opera debut in 2011 with Hector Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust for English National Opera in London, and later for the Vlaamse Opera in Ghent.
Sir Mark Elder is director of music of the Hallé Orchestra, principal artist with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and artistic director of Opera Rara. He has made regular appearances at many prominent international opera houses, and at the Glyndebourne and Bayreuth festivals. Besides numerous symphonic engagements, he has recently been involved with several operas: King Roger (Bregenz Festival), Tannhäuser (Opéra national de Paris), Billy Budd (Glyndebourne), Wonderful Town (Hallé) and various productions for Covent Garden, including The Tsar’s Bride, Fidelio and Wozzeck. Sir Mark Elder was voted ‘conductor of the year’ by the Royal Philharmonic Society in 2006, and received an Honorary Membership of the RPS in 2011.
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