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Death in Venice

Benjamin Britten’s poignant setting of Thomas Mann’s novella is beautifully realized by the authoritative conducting of David Atherton and a distinguished cast. Tenor Anthony Rolfe Johnson delivers a searing portrayal in the central role of Gustav von Aschenbach, a novelist on vacation in Venice who falls in love with the beauty of a Polish boy, Tadzio, whom he sees playing on the beach with his friends. Baritone Thomas Allen is gripping in his performance in of the seven roles of Achenbach’s nemeses, tempting him, step by step, to his predestined doom.

Performance Info

Performance Date
Feb 26, 1994
Composer
Benjamin Britten
Librettist
Myfanwy Piper
Run Time
2 HRS 22 MIN
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Cast & Creative
Conductor
David Atherton
Aschenbach
Anthony Rolfe Johnson
Nemeses
Thomas Allen
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