This special set brings together three of America’s most lauded contemporary operas: John Adams’s Dr Atomic, a riveting morality drama centring on J. Robert Oppenheimer and his team of scientists at the test site of the world’s first atomic bomb explosion in New Mexico; The Perfect American, Philip Glass’s striking portrayal of the ‘real’ Walt Disney, based on a series of reflections and memories which take place during the icon’s final cancer-ridden months; and the 2001 cinematic film version of Trouble in Tahiti, Bernstein’s one-act satire on American suburban married life, its jazz- and musical comedy-inspired score then a path-breaking fusion of lyric art with popular entertainment. Consummate direction (with librettist Peter Sellars at the helm for Dr Atomic), compelling designs, brilliant casting and stand-out performances – among them Gerald Finley’s Oppenheimer and Christopher Purves’s Walt Disney – unite these three very different works which collectively reflect the astonishing variety of style and form that characterizes 20th-century opera.
Trouble in Tahiti (2001) Composer: Leonard Bernstein Dinah: Stephanie Novacek Sam: Karl Daymond City of London Sinfonia Conductor: Paul Daniel Director: Tom Cairns
Doctor Atomic (2007) Composer: John Adams J. Robert Oppenheimer: Gerald Finley Kitty Oppenheimer: Jessica Rivera General Leslie Groves: Eric Owens Edward Teller: Richard Paul Fink Jack Hubbard: James Maddalena Robert Wilson: Thomas Glenn Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: Lawrence Renes Director: Peter Sellars Dutch National Opera
The Perfect American (2013) Composer: Philip Glass Walt Disney: Christopher Purves Roy Disney: David Pittsinger Dantine: Donald Kaasch Hazel George: Janis Kelly Lillian Disney: Marie McLaughlin Tynan: Sharon Sarah Chorus & Orchestra of Teatro Real, Madrid Conductor: Dennis Russell Davies Director: Phelim McDermott Teatro Real
Picture: 16:9 Format: NTSC Region code: 0 Running Time: 426 mins Subtitles: EN/DE/FR/SP/NE/JP/KO
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