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Birtwistle: Minotaur DVD (The Royal Opera)

Birtwistle: Minotaur DVD (The Royal Opera)

The monstrous, Greek mythological figure is brought to the stage in the world premiere of Harrison Birtwistle's gripping opera.

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The world premiere of The Minotaur by composer Harrison Birtwistle and librettist David Harsent, commissioned by The Royal Opera, brings the Greek mythological character to the stage. 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.


Find out more about the production


Composer: Harrison Birtwistle

The Minotaur: John Tomlinson,

Theseus: Johan Reuter

Ariadne: Christine Rice

Snake Priestess: Andrew Watts

Hiereus: Philip Langridge


Royal Opera Chorus

Chorus Director and second Conductor: Renato Balsadonna

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

Conductor: Antonio Pappano 

Stage Director: Stephen Langridge

Set and Costumes: Alison Chitty

Lighting: Paul Pyant

Choreography: Philippe Giraudeau

Video Designs: Leo Warner and Mark Grimmer for Fifty Nine Productions


Plus: ‘Myth is Universal' documentary


Picture: 16:9

Running Time: 175 mins

Recorded: 2008

Sound: 2.0 LPCM Stereo/ 5.0 DTS Surround

Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/ES/IT

Region code: NTSC 0



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