New DVDs at the Pendlebury

July was a good month for DVDs here at the Pendlebury – there are now over 500 DVDs in our ‘opera and ballet’ section! Read on to discover some of the latest additions to stock…

Peter Grimes / Britten

Peter Grimes

Peter Grimes DVD.C.502

Classmark: DVD.C.502

“The Italian and international press were unanimous in their praise for Peter Grimes at La Scala, which revived the tradition of Britten’s operas on the lyric stages of Italy. A strong British cast was marshalled by the baton of Robin Ticciati, who has already won golden opinions for his opera conducting.

Richard Jones’s production focuses on the fisherman as the outsider in a brutal society, cut off by mutual suspicion and misunderstanding: an unforgettable production of an opera that never loses its power.”

Vocal score at: Pb.261.91B.P1


Elizabeth / music by Martin Yates


Elizabeth DVD.C.503

Classmark: DVD.C.503

“Opulent and intimate, this enchanting chamber piece combines dance, text and music in a fascinating exploration of the life and loves of Queen Elizabeth I […] Martin Yates’s original score recalls the structures and harmonies of Elizabethan music, in a modern reimagining of a typical Tudor period ensemble, deftly performed by world-renowned cellist Raphael Wallfisch and acclaimed baritone David Kempster.”



Rhapsody ; The Two Pigeons / music by Rachmaninoff and Messager

Ashton ballets

Rhapsody ; The Two Pigeons DVD.C.500

Classmark: DVD.C.500

“Two Frederick Ashton ballets in one exquisite evening performance. Principals Natalia Osipova and Steven McRae dance Ashton’s Rhapsody, created for the Royal Ballet in 1980 by Mikhail Baryshnikov and Lesley Collier, with spectacular choreography to suit the dancers’ star reputations.

Lauren Cuthbertson and Vadim Muntagirov lead a charismatic cast in Ashton’s poignant and heart-warming reflection on Love, The Two Pigeons, based on an old French folk tale and first performed on Valentine’s Day 1961. These two ballets by the company’s founder choreographer capture the Royal Ballet’s famous skill and distinctive style. Barry Wordsworth conducts the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House in the rapturous Rachmaninov and Messager scores.”


The Rake’s Progress / Stravinsky

Rake's progress

The Rake’s Progress DVD.C.509

Classmark: DVD.C.509

“Stravinsky’s masterwork The Rake’s Progress, created for La Fenice in Venice in 1951, is based on a libretto by W. H. Auden and Chester Kallman, inspired by a series of 18th century prints by William Hogarth. This amazing production from La Monnaie–De Munt jazzifies the setting by replacing Hogarth’s sin city, London, with 1950s Las Vegas, turning it into a glittering, cinematic gallery of tableaux vivants inspired by the early days of television.”

Score at: Pb.260.88S.R5


Frankenstein / music by Lowell Liebermann


Frankenstein DVD.C.497

Classmark: DVD.C.497

“This ambitious theatrical collaboration brings the novel to life with spectacular period sets and costumes by John Macfarlane and a newly commissioned score by Lowell Liebermann. Scarlett’s choreography draws out the emotional power of this classic story.”





Einstein on the Beach / Glass

Einstein on the Beach

Einstein on the Beach DVD.C.507

Classmark: DVD.C.507

“Einstein on the Beach was the first collaboration between Robert Wilson and Philip Glass. The work breaks almost all the rules of classic opera, including those governing the usual relationship between creators. Wilson devised a visual synopsis for the piece – structure and designs – while Glass composed the music. With its non-narrative form, the work uses a series of powerful recurring images as its main dramatic through-line, accompanied by abstract dance sequences choreographed by Lucinda Childs.”



Don Giovanni / Mozart

Don Giovanni

Don Giovanni DVD.C.505

Classmark: DVD.C.505

“Calixto Bieito’s famously controversial 2002 production of Mozart’s great opera sets the action in the late twentieth century and brings to life an ancient story brilliantly retold. Bertrand de Billy conducts an energetic cast led by Wojtek Drabowicz in the title role, with the Liceu’s Orchestra Academy.”

Vocal score at: Pb.261.75M.D15





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