Britten: The Rape of Lucretia / Hussain, Rice, Clayton, London Philharmonic

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Seventy years after its Glyndebourne world premiere, Benjamin Britten's first chamber opera is welcomed home with "a performance of enthralling emotional power and physical beauty" gifted with "piercingly intelligent, immaculately realized staging and superb singing, acting an playing" led by "Fiona Shaw's supremely nuanced direction" and underpinned by "febrile playing" from members of the London Philharmonic Orchestra (The Telegraph, five stars). The production eloquently and tastefully tackles the difficult subject, which is lent emotional weight by "Christine Rice's grandly sung Lucretia, noble in tone yet tragically vunerable", along with baritone Duncan Rock's "forthright" Tarquinius and the "smooth bass" of Matthew Rose as the caring Collantinus (The Guardian, five stars).

Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9
Audio Formats: LPCM 2.0, DTS Digital Surround
Subtitles: English, French, German, Japanese Korean
Region Code: 0 (Worldwide)
Running Time: 114 mins (Opera), 17 mins (Extras)

Product Description:

  • Catalog Number: OA1219D

  • UPC: 809478012191

  • Label: Opus Arte

  • Composer: Benjamin Britten

  • Conductor: Leo Hussain

  • Orchestra/Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra

  • Performer: Allan Clayton, Catherine Wyn-Rogers, Christine Rice, Duncan Rock, Kate Royal, Louise Alder, Matthew Rose, Michael Sumuel


  1. Rape of Lucretia, Op. 37

    Composer: Benjamin Britten

    Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra

    Performer: Louise Alder (Soprano), Allan Clayton (Tenor), Christine Rice (Soprano), Duncan Rock (Baritone), Matthew Rose (Bass), Kate Royal (Soprano), Michael Sumuel (Baritone), Catherine Wyn-Rogers (Mezzo Soprano)

    Conductor: Leo Hussain