The Minotaur by composer Harrison Birtwistle and librettist David Harsent was commissioned by The Royal Opera. Part-man part-beast, the Minotaur is trapped in the labyrinth, and longs to discover his true identity and voice. Theseus, sent to the island of Crete as part of a debt sacrifice, is determined to kill the monstrous creature. He attracts the attention of Ariadne, half-sister and keeper of The Minotaur, and it is her help that ensures his success.
Captured here in High Definition video and surround sound, the cast is led by a sublime John Tomlinson as the Minotaur. They rise to great heights under the direction of Antonio Pappano, whose navigation of the monumental musical landscapes carries an intense authority.
Composer: Harrison Birtwistle
Stage director: Stephen Langridge
Cast: John Tomlinson, Johan Reuter, Christine Rice, Andrew Watts, Philip Langridge, Amanda Echalaz
Royal Opera Chorus
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Antonio Pappano
A Royal Opera House production
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Video codec: AVC/MPEG-4
Disc size: BD50
Picture format: 1080i High Definition / 16:9
Sound format: 2.0 & 5.0 PCM (TBC)
Region code: All regions
Running time: 175 mins