Britten's Gloriana released on DVD
Richard Jones’s Royal Opera production stars Susan Bullock and Toby Spence.
31 October 2013 at 12.59pm | Comment on this article
Susan Bullock as Queen Elizabeth I, Toby Spence as the Earl of Essex and Mark Stone as Lord Mountjoy in Gloriana © ROH / Clive Barda 2013
The opera was originally commissioned to celebrate the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953 and Richard Jones’s new production, which opened at the Royal Opera House last Season, marked both the Britten Centenary and sixty years since the opera’s premiere. Read audience reactions to the production.
Toby Spence sings the role of the dashing but treacherous Earl of Essex, a character he describes as ‘adorable but impossible’, while Susan Bullock sings the role of Elizabeth I, who she considers to be the ‘lion-hearted heroine’. Watch interviews with the principal singers.
The performance, which was recorded live at the Royal Opera House in June 2013, also features performances from Kate Royal as Lady Rich, Patricia Bardon as Countess of Essex and Mark Stone as Lord Mountjoy. Paul Daniels conducts.
The opera, which is based on Lytton Strachey’s biography Elizabeth and Essex, explores the turbulent relationship between the Queen and her favourite and depicts the conflict between affairs of the state and affairs of the heart. Find out more in our Opera Essentials series.
Those who enjoyed Gloriana may also enjoy the National Portrait Gallery’s Elizabeth I & Her People exhibition.
Gloriana is just one of an extensive range of DVD and Blu-ray releases available from the ROH Shop.