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Author: Lorin MaazelJ D McClatchyThomas MeehanSimon KeenlysideNancy GustafsonAll authors
Publisher: London : Decca, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Conductor Maazel was originally asked the the director of a Munich opera house to compose a new opera for him. Maazel reread Orwell's book and felt it was a perfect choice from which to build an opera, but the director of the opera house suddenly died. Covent Garden later approached Maazel and he went to work on the story's denunciation of a world in which the individual is enslaved to an idea and an absolute  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Feature films
Filmed operas
Nonfiction films
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Lorin Maazel; J D McClatchy; Thomas Meehan; Simon Keenlyside; Nancy Gustafson; Richard Margison; Diana Damrau; Lawrence Brownlee; Jeremy White; Graeme Danby; Mary Lloyd-Davies; Johnnie Fiori; Jeremy Irons; Robert Lepage; Carl Fillion, set designer.; Yasmina Giguère, costume designer.; Michel Beaulieu, (Lighting designer); Sylvain Émard, choreographer.; Brian Large; George Orwell; Demon Barbers (Musical group); Royal Opera House (London, England); Big Brother Productions.; Decca Records (Firm)
OCLC Number: 276415312
Language Note: Sung in English; with subtitles in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish.
Notes: Opera in 3 acts.
Program notes and synopsis in English, German and French in container.
Bonus feature: 1984 - An introduction by Lorin Maazel.
Credits: Directed for the stage by Robert Lepage; set design, Carl Fillion; costume design, Yasmina Giguère; lighting, Michel Beaulieu; choreography, Sylvain Émard; directed for video by Brian Large.
Performer(s): Simon Keenlyside (Winston Smith) ; Nancy Gustafson (Julia) ; Richard Margison (O'Brien) ; Diana Damrau (Gym instructress/Drunken woman) ; Lawrence Brownlee (Syme) ; Jeremy White (Parsons) ; Graeme Danby (Charrington) ; Mary Lloyd-Davies (Prole woman) ; Johnnie Fiori (Café singer) ; Demon Barbers (Pub quartet) ; Jeremy Irons (Telescreen voice) ; Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden ; Lorin Maazel, conductor.
Event notes: Recorded May 2005, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London.
Description: 2 videodiscs (147 min.) : sd. ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD; soundtracks in DTS 5.1, LPCM stereo; aspect ratio 16:9.
Contents: [Disc 1]. Acts 1 & 2 --
[Disc 2]. Act 3 ; Bonus feature.
Other Titles: Nineteen eighty-four
Big Brother :
Responsibility: music by Lorin Maazel ; libretto by J.D. McClatchy and Thomas Meehan after George Orwell's Nineteen eighty-four ; Big Brother Productions and the Royal Opera House present.

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"Conductor Maazel was originally asked the the director of a Munich opera house to compose a new opera for him. Maazel reread Orwell's book and felt it was a perfect choice from which to build an opera, but the director of the opera house suddenly died. Covent Garden later approached Maazel and he went to work on the story's denunciation of a world in which the individual is enslaved to an idea and an absolute power -- represented by Big Brother. He felt that since Orwell used a most realistic and objective approach, the narrative process would be most effective, with every scene unsettling the viewer."--John Sunier, Audiophile Audition

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