George Benjamin: Written on Skin (2013) Blu-ray 1080i AVC DTS-HD 5.0

Сomposer: George Benjamin (b.1960)
Text: Martin Crimp
Title: Written on Skin
Release Date: 2014
Genre: Classical, Opera
Director: Katie Mitchell
Conductor: George Benjamin
Artist: Christopher Purves (Protector), Barbara Hannigan (Agnès), Bejun Mehta (First Angel/Boy), Victoria Simmonds (Second Angel/Marie) & Allan Clayton (Third Angel/John), Royal Opera Chorus & Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

Production/Label: Opus Arte
Duration: 01:28:48
Quality: Blu-ray
Container: BDMV
Video codec: AVC
Audio codec: DTS, PCM
Video: MPEG-4 AVC 25012 kbps / 1920*1080p / 23,976 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio#1: English DTS-HD MA 5.0 / 48 kHz / 3473 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Audio#2: English LPCM 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
Subtitles: English, French, German, Japanese
Size: 22.02 GB

When Written on Skin had its premiere at the 2012 Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, conducted by George Benjamin himself, it received a standing ovation. The opera’s arrival at Covent Garden in 2013 was eagerly anticipated, and provided audiences with the opportunity to experience the work of two of Britain’s greatest living artists. Benjamin previously collaborated with playwright Martin Crimp on Into the Little Hill, a magical retelling of the Pied Piper fairytale, and for this new work they joined forces with acclaimed stage director Katie Mitchell. For all three, the production marked their main-stage debut at the Royal Opera House.
The tale, inspired by a medieval legend, tells of an ill-fated troubadour, drawn into a liaison with an innocent maiden. But they are observed by the jealous eye of her protector, who wreaks a shocking revenge on the young couple. (more…)

Karol Szymanowski: Król Roger (2015) Blu-ray 1080i AVC DTS-HD 5.1

Сomposer: Karol Szymanowski (1882-1937)
Title: Król Roger (King Roger)
Release Date: 2015
Genre: Classical, Opera
Director: Kasper Holten
Conductor: Antonio Pappano
Artist: Mariusz Kwiecien (King Roger II of Sicily), Georgia Jarman (Roxana), Saimir Pirgu (Shepherd), Kim Begley (Edrisi), Alan Ewing (Archbishop), Agnes Zwierko (Deaconess), Royal Opera Chorus (chorus master: Renato Balsadonna), Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

Production/Label: Opus Arte
Duration: 01:28:38
Quality: Blu-ray
Container: BDMV
Video codec: AVC
Audio codec: DTS, PCM
Video: MPEG-4 AVC 23003 kbps / 1920*1080i / 29,970 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio#1: Polish DTS-HD MA 5.1 / 48 kHz / 4163 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Audio#2: Polish LPCM 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
Audio#3: English Dolby Digital 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps
Subtitles: English, French, German, Japanese, Korean
Size: 23.07 GB

Kasper Holten’s production (The Royal Opera’s first) of Król Roger (King Roger) brought the opera back to the London stage after an absence of almost 40 years. Karol Szymanowski’s masterpiece powerfully presents the dilemmas of culture versus nature and man versus beast, and movingly depicts King Roger’s inner struggles as he moves from an impossible life of repressed desires to the other extreme, giving in to his own demons. Meanwhile, Roger’s people, seduced by the promises of the mysterious Shepherd, are drawn towards totalitarianism and repression. Antonio Pappano conducts Szymanowksi’s opulent and beautiful score, with a cast including Mariusz Kwiecień as Roger (one of the greatest interpreters of the role today), Saimir Pirgu as the Shepherd, and Georgia Jarman in her Royal Opera debut as Roger’s loving queen Roxana.
“all the imagination of Kasper Holten’s production coheres compellingly, and Antonio Pappano shapes an extremely lucid performance that somehow manages to be taut and lush at the same time. Mariusz Kwiecien’s warm account of the title role shows why he has become today’s ruling King Roger, and Saimir Pirgu is suitably seductive as the Shepherd. Best of all, as Roxana, Georgia Jarman shows how the queen’s Act II vocalise can be one of the most beautiful arias in all opera.” –BBC Music Magazine
Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, 1–19 May 2015. (more…)