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This Blu-Ray release features a live recording from The London Coliseum in 2013 of Deborah Warner’s subtle, beautiful and evocative production for English National Opera. The superb ENO chorus and orchestra are conducted by Edward Gardner, a long-standing champion of Britten’s music, and John Graham-Hall is superb and moving as the aging von Aschenbach, a role for which he had already been acclaimed at La Scala. …This is an outstanding production of a masterpiece by one of the twentieth century’s greatest and most individual composers. © 2016 Read complete review

Charles H. Parsons
American Record Guide, September 2014

BRITTEN, B.: Death in Venice (ENO, 2013) (NTSC) OA1130D
BRITTEN, B.: Death in Venice (ENO, 2013) (Blu-ray, HD) OABD7141D

Graham-Hall gracefully embodies Aschenbach, quite gentle, quite tragic. Zaldivar’s Tadzio is a real eye-catcher, dancing with elan and sensitivity. Tim Mead sings a sturdy, noble Apollo. Conductor Edward Gardner leads his 13-instrument orchestra with precision and clarity. © 2014 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Richard Fairman
Gramophone, July 2014

BRITTEN, B.: Death in Venice (ENO, 2013) (NTSC) OA1130D
BRITTEN, B.: Death in Venice (ENO, 2013) (Blu-ray, HD) OABD7141D

This latest release, expertly filmed by Opus Arte, is arguably the best of all. No other performance on DVD has presented the psychological dilemma posed by Thomas Mann and Britten with such intensity. © 2014 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone

Lawrence D. Devoe, MD, April 2014

This 2013 English National Opera production by Deborah Warner and masterfully led by young star conductor Edward Gardner was not only well-received but particularly praised for the outstanding performance of its lead, John Graham-Hall. The supporting cast with several roles taken by the same singers is also first-rate.

…director Warner’s sets and Ross MacGibbons’s camerawork gives us a fabulous portrayal of the intimate struggle between the lead character and his personal demons.

The ENO’s 2013 production is as good a rendition of this work as I have ever seen. No one will walk away from this opera without being deeply moved. The best Blu-ray version of this work to date and one that sets the bar very high for any successors. © 2014 Read complete review

David Denton
David's Review Corner, April 2014

BRITTEN, B.: Death in Venice (ENO, 2013) (NTSC) OA1130D
BRITTEN, B.: Death in Venice (ENO, 2013) (Blu-ray, HD) OABD7141D

To celebrate the centenary of Benjamin Britten’s birth, two productions of Death in Venice were staged in England, this one coming from the English National Opera. The two were distinctly similar in appearance and the desire to recreate the scene as Britten would have wanted, the elegant dress rekindling life in 1911. The cast is very good, John Graham-Hall’s voice having warmed in the opening soliloquising it goes on to give a very moving and potent picture of a much disturbed author. Andrew Shore is equally excellent in the seven cameo roles the composer gave to the one singer. From therein no one has a major singing role, the orchestra, in fine form, continually creating musical pictures of the events on stage, with the conductor, Edward Gardner, keeping the story moving with a degree of urgency. Deborah Warner’s production is visually gorgeous, the brightly lit blue sky of the Lido making for a contrast to Aschenbach’s inner dark emotions. In sum, this is one of the finest opera videos I have seen, the picture quality is outstanding, while the sound—which also comes in surround sound—is exemplary, the video director, Ross MacGibbon, having achieved a perfect blend of close-up and distance shots. © 2014 David’s Review Center

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