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McVicar, David

Works: 40 works in 202 publications in 5 languages and 3,246 library holdings
Genres: Filmed operas  Drama  Televised operas  Television adaptations  Nonfiction films  Film adaptations  Filmed performances  Operas  Opera films  Musical films 
Roles: Director, Performer, Author, sgd, Restager , Contributor
Classifications: M1500.V47, 782.1
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by David McVicar
Giulio Cesare : opera in three acts by George Frideric Handel( Visual )

21 editions published between 2005 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 573 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

David McVicar's production of Giulio Cesare manages to combine serious insight with entertainment, bringing Handel's masterpiece to life. The outstanding singing of the all-star cast, led by Sarah Connolly, and the vivid playing of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment under the baton of William Christie reveal the colour and dramatic character of Handel's music
Carmen by Georges Bizet( Visual )

19 editions published between 2003 and 2013 in French and English and held by 405 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 19th century Seville, the lusty, tempestuous Carmen seduces a naive Army corporal, Don Jose. Jose abandons his career, his fiancee and even his dying mother for the love of this sultry gypsy. Carmen, however, soon spurns Jose for the love a toreador, Escamillo. Crazed with jealousy, Jose begs Carmen to return to him, but her taunting declaration of independence results in tragedy
Die Zauberflöte by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart( Visual )

18 editions published between 2003 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 317 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The 2003 production of Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute) recorded live at Covent Garden
Le nozze di Figaro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart( Visual )

16 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in 4 languages and held by 309 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Revolution is in the air in David McVicar's production of Mozart's glorious comedy, starring Erwin Schrott, Miah Persson and Gerald Finley. Figaro and Susanna are looking forward to their wedding day, but first they must outwit Figaro's master Count Almaviva, who seems to have designs on Susanna. Sung in Italian, with English subtitles
Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi( Visual )

22 editions published between 2000 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 265 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Verdi's drama of revenge, in it stunning new production by David McVicar, is filled with some of the composer's most celebrated music
Salome by Richard Strauss( Visual )

4 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in German and held by 203 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Salome's biblical story inspired Oscar Wilde a tragedy and Richard Strauss an opera. David McVicar staged this opera of extravagant intensity in the Covent Garden's Royal Opera House in june 2012. Salome gave Richard Strauss the reputation of a first-rank opera composer; Gustav Mahler called it "one of the most important works of our day". The staging's opening tableau introduces a world of debauchery. While the Tetrach and his guests savour a banquet on the upper floor, servants, guards and prostitutes wait to be summoned in a filthy kitchen downstairs. The vile atmosphere is reinforced by Es Devlin's Art-Deco-inspired designs. Salome, interpreted by Nadja Michael, is innocence, sensuality and violence. Strauss famously said the role was "written for a 16-year-old with the voice of an Isolde". David McVicar narrates the story: The palace of Herod Antipas, Tetrarch of Judea. It is night. In the banqueting hall, Herod and his second wife Herodias entertain guests from Rome, Egypt and Jerusalem. Outside, Narraboth, the captain of the King's Guard, stares longingly in at Salome, Herod's stepdaughter. Herodias's Page, himself obsessed with Narraboth, tries to distract him, fearing that his infatuation can only bring misfortune. From the depths of an old cistern where he has been imprisoned, the voice of Jokanaan (John the Baptist) is heard by the soldiers who guard him. To them, his prophesies are incomprehensible and they warn a curious Cappadocian servant that it is forbidden for anyone to see him. Salome suddenly appears. Unable to endure the lascivious gaze of her stepfather any longer, she has fled the banquet, longing to bask in the pure rays of the moonshine. Jokanaan's voice echoes from the cistern, cursing her mother. Salome is intrigued and demands to see him, refusing Herod's order to return to the table. The soldiers refuse but Salome uses her power over the besotted Narraboth and he orders the prophet to be brought out before her. Jokanaan is dragged out of his prison and rails against the marriage of Herod and Herodias, an incestuous match made possible by the murder of Herod's brother Philip, Herodias's former husband. Salome is appalled but fascinated. Despite the frantic pleas of Narraboth, she conceives a passion for the prophet that quickly turns to an obsession. In turn, she longs to touch his body, run her fingers through his hair and finally, to kiss his mouth. The distraught Narraboth, utterly rejected, drives a dagger into his heart. Salome does not even notice, so intense is her desire to kiss the prophet. Jokanaan repulses her in disgust and commands her to seek the forgiveness of the Son of Man. Uncomprehending, Salome tries again to kiss him and he curses her before the soldiers throw him back into the cistern. Herod now comes in pursuit of Salome, wife and guests in tow. He slips in Narraboth's blood; an ill omen that drives the paranoid Tetrarch to distraction. He denies Herodias's demands to return to the banqueting hall and orders the servants to bring food and wine. He tries to persuade Salome to join him, even offering her own mother's throne beside him, but she refuses. Jokanaan is heard again, railing against Herodias who furiously asks why Herod will not turn him over to the Temple Authorities in Jerusalem. The superstitious Herod, though himself not a Jew, prefers to keep him in captivity; he has heard rumors that this man may be the prophet Elias, returned to Earth. The Jews from Jerusalem are appalled by this suggestion and a noisy theological debate erupts between them, interrupted by Jokanaan's voice proclaiming the coming of the 'Savior'. Two guests from Nazareth interpret this to Herod. The Messiah, they say -- to the amused disbelief of Herodias -- has come and already is working miracles in the land, turning water to wine and raising the dead. Herod stops his ears to the prophet. He asks Salome to dance for him. Once again she declines, but he is determined and promises her whatever she desires as a reward. Salome makes him swear before the assembled guests, and despite the angry protestations of her mother, agrees. She dances before Herod. An enraptured Herod asks her to name her price. She demands to be given, on a silver dish, the head of Jokanaan. Horrified, Herod refuses, but Salome, to the delight of her mother, is adamant. In mounting panic, Herod offers Salome jewels and power, half of his kingdom, even the Veil of the Sanctuary of the Temple of Jerusalem itself. She denies him. Herod finally agrees and the Executioner, Naaman, is given the death-ring by Herodias herself. He descends into Jokanaan's prison as Salome, frantic with impatience, listens above. Hearing something fall to the ground below, she fears the Executioner's nerve has failed him and cries for help from the terrified Page and the soldiers. But she is wrong; the bloody head of Jokanaan is duly brought to her. Seizing it, she triumphantly sings to it. Jokanaan can no longer deny her the kiss she sought. As Herod climbs the stairs to his palace, Salome's longing is fulfilled. Herod pauses on the stairs and commands her death
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg by Richard Wagner( Visual )

14 editions published between 2012 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 180 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

David McVicar's celebrated production transports Wagner's famously controversial German nationalist opera to the 19th century. Gerald Finley stars as cobbler Hans Sachs, opera's longest role, in this celebration of music, art and philosophy. Sung in German with English subtitles
Il trovatore by Giuseppe Verdi( Visual )

8 editions published between 2011 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 164 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Count di Luna fights Manrico over Leonora. He does not know that Manrico, a troubador who was raised by the gypsy woman Azucena, is actually his long-lost brother
Faust by Charles Gounod( Visual )

4 editions published in 2010 in French and Multiple languages and held by 138 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Spectacle musical sur scène enregistré en direct au Royal Opera House, Covent Garden de Londres le 19 juin 2004
Manon : opéra comique en 5 actes et 6 tableaux by Jules Massenet( Visual )

3 editions published in 2007 in English and French and held by 137 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recorded at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, and features Natalie Dessay, Rolando Villazon, Samuel Ramey, and the Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of the Gran Teatre del Liceu, with Victor Pablo Perez conducting
Maria Stuarda by Gaetano Donizetti( Visual )

8 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in Italian and Undetermined and held by 134 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Joyce DiDonato gives a sensational performance as Mary, Queen of Scots, in Donizetti's bel canto drama, opposite Elza van den Heever as Queen Elizabeth. This Live in HD presentation of David McVicar's acclaimed 2012 production also stars Matthew Polenzani as Leicester, the man caught between the rival queens. Maurizio Benini conducts
Royal opera house : Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi( Visual )

1 edition published in 2001 in Italian and held by 99 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The rape of Lucretia by Benjamin Britten( Visual )

7 editions published in 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 66 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

David McVicar's acclaimed production of Benjamin Britten's chamber opera, recorded live during its premiere run at the Aldeburgh Festival in 2001
Les Troyens by Hector Berlioz( Visual )

8 editions published in 2013 in French and Undetermined and held by 62 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tells the story of the capture of Troy by the Greeks, and of the love of Dido and Aeneas
Anna Bolena : tragedia lirica in 2 acts by Gaetano Donizetti( Visual )

1 edition published in 2011 in Italian and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Anna Netrebko opened the Met's 2011-12 season with her sensational portrayal of the ill-fated queen driven insane by her unfaithful king, in David McVicar's Met premiere production. Ildar Abdrazakov stars as Henry VIII, the English monarch whose obsession with a male heir led him to have two of his six wives executed. Ekaterina Gubanova sings Jane Seymour, Anne Boleyn's confidante and rival, and Stephen Costello is Percy, Anne's first love, whose return to court sets in motion the events that will lead to the queen's death. Marco Armiliato conducts Donizetti's masterful score
Cavalleria rusticana( Visual )

1 edition published in 2015 in Italian and held by 29 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Director David McVicar’s new production brings opera’s favorite double bill to new life, setting the two operas in the same Sicilian setting, separated by two generations. Marcelo Álvarez takes on the rare feat of singing both leading tenor roles. In Cavalleria, he is Turiddu, the young man who abandons Santuzza (Eva-Maria Westbroek) in his pursuit of the married Lola (Ginger Costa-Jackson)—and ends up being killed in a duel with her husband, Alfio (George Gagnidze). In Pagliacci, Álvarez is Canio, the leader of a traveling vaudeville troupe. Patricia Racette sings Nedda, his unfaithful young wife, whose plans to run away with her lover are foiled by her spurned admirer Tonio (George Gagnidze)—with equally tragic consequences. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi is on the podium
Andrea Chénier by Umberto Giordano( Visual )

5 editions published in 2016 in Italian and Undetermined and held by 21 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents a filmed performance of Giordano's opera of love and liberty involving the poet Andrea Chénier and his beloved Maddalena, set during the French Revolution
Die Entführung aus dem Serail( Visual )

1 edition published in 2016 in German and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Belmonte and his servant Pedrillo attempt to rescue his Konstanze from the seraglio of Pasha Selim
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg : opera in three acts by Richard Wagner( Recording )

1 edition published in 2013 in German and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

(1) FISCHER-DIESKAU, Dietrich (baritone). (1) LIGENDZA, Catarina (soprano). (1) LUDWIG, Christa (mezzo-soprano). (1) DOMINGO, Placido (tenor). (1) LAUBENTHAL, Horst R (tenor). (1) HERMANN, Roland (baritone). (1) BERLIN DEUTSCHE OPER CHORUS. (2) BERLIN DEUTSCHE OPER ORCHESTRA. (1) JOCHUM, Eugene (conductor)
Salome music drama in one act by Richard Strauss( Visual )

6 editions published in 2008 in 4 languages and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Spectacle musical sur scène enregistré en direct le 21 février 2008 au Royal Opera House, Londres. Avec Nadja Michael (Salome) ; Michaela Schuster (Herodias) ; Thomaser Moser (Herod) ; et autres solistes ; Orchestre du Royal Opera House ; Philippe Jordan, chef d'orchestre
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David McVicar Metteur en scène d'opéra

David McVicar regisseur uit Schotland

David McVicar schottischer Opernregisseur

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