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Death in Venice

Thomas Mann’s celebrated tale of unrequited love and death is given a new perspective in Benjamin Britten’s final opera, first performed just a year and a half before this Met broadcast. The composer’s long-time companion, tenor Peter Pears, reprises his world-premiere portrayal of Gustav von Aschenbach, the elderly and solitary novelist at the center of the story, who tragically falls in love with the beautiful youth Tadzio (played by a dancer). Pears is joined by two other veterans of the opera’s world premiere—John Shirley-Quirk, who plays the seven characters that propel Aschenbach to his destiny, and conductor Steuart Bedford.

Performance Info

Performance Date
Dec 14, 1974
Composer
Benjamin Britten
Librettist
Myfanwy Piper
Run Time
2 HRS 15 MIN
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Cast & Creative
Conductor
Steuart Bedford
Aschenbach
Peter Pears
Nemeses
John Shirley-Quirk
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