Tippett: King Priam

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Label: ARTHAUS
Catalog: 109179
Format: BLU RAY

KENT OPERA CHORUS/ORCHESTRA MACANN WALKER HASKIN MASON NORRINGTON

In Michael Tippett’s King Priam the re-telling of part of the original epic legend of Troy follows the Homeric characters through their love, loyalties and vengeance – leading to the final slaughter of King Priam at the altar of his burning city. The opera also speaks of the inevitability and futility of war. Rodney Macann heads a strong cast in the title role, giving a compelling performance as Priam, alongside Sarah Walker’s moving portrayal of Hector’s wife, Andromache. Howard Haskin plays Priam’s rebellious son Paris, who elopes with Helen, wife of the Greek King of Sparta, thus instigating the great Trojan War. Nicholas Hytner’s innovative production is matched by the starkly stylised setting designed by David Fielding, which creates a timeless arena of war. Minimal costume and colour, frozen action and white light further enhance Tippett’s marvellously sparse music played with fearless conviction and driving impetus by the youthful Kent Opera Orchestra under the direction of Roger Norrington. Blu-ray Disc with High Resolution Audio in 192 kHz

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