Release Date: 10/11/19
52 years after their premiere, Hans Werner Henze's The Bassarids return, with Kent Nagano at the helm
52 years after their premiere, Hans Werner Henzeâs The Bassarids return, with Kent Nagano at the helm, to the Salzburg Festival for a rare revival of this modern classic in a highly dramatic psychological staging by Krzysztof Warlikowski. Aware of the storyâs up-to-dateness, the director showcases the stark contrast between Dionysus, who preaches intoxicating excesses and sensuality, and his cousin King Pentheus, who leads a life marked by purity and asceticism. The personified battle between the two protagonists leads the royal family at least into disaster. Star conductor Kent Nagano, who was close to Henze, includes The Judgment of Calliopeâ in the festival Bassarids, a 20-minute section included in the original score, which adds a new dimension to the operaâs presentation of the Dionysian cult. The performance at the Felsenreitschule had without exception an outstanding cast with the young US tenor Sean Panikkar in the role of Dionysus, Russel Braun as his opponent Pentheus but also Tanja Ariane Baumgartner and Vera-Lotte BÃ¶cker who has been singing at the highest level. To sum up: A completely gripping new productionâ (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung)
|Label: Arthaus Musik|
|Run Time: 165 mins|
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