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.
Composer: Harrison Birtwistle
Stage director: Stephen Langridge
Cast: John Tomlinson, Johan Reuter, Christine Rice, Andrew Watts, Philip Langridge, Amanda Echalaz
The Royal Opera Chorus
The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Conductor: Antonio Pappano
A Royal Opera House production
Plus: ‘Myth is Universal' documentary
Running Time: 175 mins
Sound: 2.0 LPCM Stereo/ 5.0 DTS Surround
Region code: NTSC 0