Purcell's King Arthur

Sven-Eric Bechtolf (stage director), René Jacobs (conductor) — With Annett Fritsch, Robin Johannsen, Benno Schachtner...

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Sven-Eric Bechtolf — Stage director
Julian Crouch — Set designer, co-stage director
Gail Skrela — Choreographer
Kevin Pollard — Costume designer
Olaf Freese — Lighting
Joshua Higgason — Video
Detlef Giese — Dramaturgy
Annett Fritsch — Soprano
Robin Johannsen — Soprano
Benno Schachtner — Countertenor
Mark Milhofer — Tenor
Stephan Rügamer — Tenor
Arttu Kataja — Baritone
Johannes Weisser — Baritone
Staatsopernchor Berlin
Martin Wright — Chorus Master

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What does Henry Purcell (1659–1695) mean by “dramatick opera,” the description of his King Arthur, or The British Worthy? Conductor René Jacobs—Baroque specialist and connoisseur since his beginnings as a countertenor in the 1970s—makes it clear in a new production of the masterwork, staged by the brilliant Sven-Eric Bechtolf, which cleverly adapts the original dialogues that animated the hybrid music-theatre form in 17th-century England.

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Directed by:
Andy Sommer
Venue: Staatsoper Berlin (Berlin, Germany)
Production date: 2017
Duration: 2 h 50 min
Production: © Bel Air Media - Mezzo
Available subtitle(s): EN, De
Resolution: Full HD

Available until

Sunday, June 30, 2024