Release Date:

Mar 2014



Sound Format:

2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

Catalog Number:


Britten: Death In Venice (English National Opera)

John Graham-Hall (Gustav von Aschenbach); Andrew Shore (Traveller/Elderly Fop/Gondolier/Barber/ Hotel Manager/Player/Dionysus); Tim Mead (Apollo); Sam Zaldivar (Tadzio); Laura Caldow (The Polish Mother); Mia Angelina Mather/Xhuliana Shehu (Her Two Daughters); Joyce Henderson (The Governess); Marcio Teixeira (Jaschiu, Tadzio’s friend); Deborah Warner (Director); Edward Gardner (Conductor);

Deborah Warner’s beautiful and evocative production of Britten’s final operatic masterpiece has been acclaimed as an ‘exquisitely achieved marriage of music, drama and design’ (The Independent). In Britten’s luminous and compelling interpretation of Thomas Mann’s classic novella, the ageing writer Gustav von Aschenbach’s infatuation with the Polish boy Tadzio and his subsequent decline are portrayed in a ‘remarkable and harrowingly believable’ performance (The Guardian) by John Graham-Hall, who had already won golden opinions for singing the role of Aschenbach at La Scala. The superb ENO chorus and orchestra are conducted by Edward Gardner, a long-standing champion of Britten’s music.

Presto Recordings of the Year - Finalist 2014

Gramophone Awards - Finalist - Opera - 2014


"Edward Gardner necessarily conducted the score as if he believed in every note of it; there is every reason to think that he did." (Seen and Heard International)

"The central performances are stunning. For two unbroken hours John Graham-Hall brilliantly holds the stage, utterly believable and with every phrase pellucidly clear. Complementing his heroic performance is an equally notable one by ENO stalwart Andrew Shore, who incarnates seven figures including the elderly fop, the barber, the hotel manager, and the commedia dell’arte clown, with vivid characterisation each time; counter-tenor Tim Mead’s Voice of Apollo cuts through the opera like cold steel. A flawless evening." (The Independent)

"ENO’s new music director Edward Gardner makes a welcome arrival at the Coliseum for this production of Britten’s final opera. His reading combines finesse and nuance with dynamism, and makes for a magical performance of the score. All in all a great night for ENO, and for Britten." (The Stage)

"Everything else about the performance - Edward Gardner’s crystalline orchestra, Andrew Shore in multiple guises, Tim Mead, Marcus Farnsworth, Anna Dennis, Peter van Hulle and the chorus on the periphery - is pitch-perfect in economy and clarity." (The Daily Telegraph)

"... the glory of this unmissable ENO revival is that the honours are so obviously shared, and not even John Graham-Hall's remarkable Aschenbach manages to eclipse Edward Gardner's exemplary conducting, let alone Deborah Warner's compelling staging – worth the price of admission alone." (The Guardian)

"The simple elegance and beauty of this production and the high quality of singing make this London 'Death in Venice' filmed in 2007 worth hearing and watching." (Operapoint)