Berlioz: Benvenuto Cellini / Elder, Rotterdam Philharmonic

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With his affinity for the 16th-century sculptor Benvenuto Cellini’s advocacy of artistic and personal freedom, Hector Berlioz went straight for the grand gesture with his first completed opera. Returning to it years after initial production debacles, Berlioz stated that he would ‘never again find such verve and Cellinian impetuosity, nor such a variety of ideas.’ The plot revolves around Cellini’s wooing of Teresa, a match frustrated at every opportunity by his rival, the cowardly Fieramosca. Benvenuto Cellini is a pithy work combining romance, excitement, violence, comedy and spectacle; the perfect stage for Terry Gilliam’s stylishly colorful and larger than life directing.



Format: NTSC
Language: French
Subtitles: English, French, German, Japanese, Korean
Dubbed: None
Region: All Regions
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Run Time: 180 minutes

Product Description:

  • Release Date: May 11, 2018

  • Catalog Number: 2110575-76

  • UPC: 747313557554

  • Label: Naxos

  • Number of Discs: 2

  • Composer: Hector Berlioz

  • Conductor: Mark Elder

  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Dutch National Opera Chorus, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra

  • Performer: André Morsch, John Osborn, Laurent Naouri, Marcel Beekman, Mariangela Sicilia, Mario Muraro, Michele Losier, Nicky Spence, Orlin Anastassov


  1. Benvenuto Cellini

    Composer: Hector Berlioz

    Ensemble: Dutch National Opera Chorus, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra

    Performer: Orlin Anastassov (Bass), Marcel Beekman (Tenor), Michele Losier (Mezzo Soprano), André Morsch (Baritone), Mario Muraro (Tenor), Laurent Naouri (Baritone), John Osborn (Tenor), Mariangela Sicilia (Soprano), Nicky Spence (Tenor)

    Conductor: Mark Elder