BERLIOZ, H.: Benvenuto Cellini (Salzburg Festival, 2007)

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Benvenuto Cellini, Op. 23
Libretto/Text Author: Barbier, Auguste
Libretto/Text Author: Vigny, Alfred de
Libretto/Text Author: Wailly, Leon de

Benvenuto Cellini: Fritz, Burkhard
Fieramosca: Naouri, Laurent
Francesco: Mas, Xavier
Giacomo Balducci: Sherratt, Brindley
Pope Clemens VII: Petrenko, Mikhail

Set/Stage Designer: Stolzl, Philipp
Costume Designer: Maurer, Kathi
Lighting Designer: Schuler, Duane
Choreographer: Kurotschka, Mara
Stage Director: Stolzl, Philipp
Television Director: Morell, Andreas

Festival: Salzburg Festival
Playing Time: 02:43:45
Catalogue Number: 2.110271
UPC: 747313527151

A mix of futurism a la Metropolis, fantasy a la Batman and quotes from Piranesi's Carceri, juxtaposed in the form of photo montages, enhanced with robots, a helicopter, a shark and the winged vehicle of a pop star Pope, was how the Neue Zurcher Zeitung described this astonishing Salzburg Festival production of Berlioz's Benvenuto Cellini. The high-calibre cast, headed by Burkhard Fritz as the temperamental Renaissance artist and the 26-year old Latvian soprano Maija Kovalevska as Teresa, the woman with whom he tries to elope, is conducted by Valery Gergiev who 'pulled out all the stops. He whips the Vienna Philharmonic into a delirium similar to that which possibly took hold of the composer'.

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