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Title Alice in Wonderland / Unsuk Chin ; Achim Freyer, stage director ; Ellen Fellmann, director ; Unitel.

Publication Info. [Place of publication not identified] : Unitel, [2007]
©2007

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Description 1 online resource (1 video file (2 hr., 3 min.)) : sound, color
Playing Time 020300
Description digital
video file
Note Opera.
Language Sung in English; English subtitles.
Performer Sally Matthews (Alice) ; Piia Komsi/Julia Rempe (Cheshire Cat) ; Dietrich Henschel (Duck/Mad Hatter) ; Andrew Watts (White Rabbit/Badger/March Hare) ; Guy de Mey (Mouse/Pat/Cook/Dormouse/Invisible Man) ; Gwyneth Jones (Queen of Hearts) ; supporting vocal soloists ; Statisterie, Chor und Kinderchor der Bayerischen Staatsoper ; Bayerisches Staatsorchester ; Kent Nagano, conductor.
Event Recorded live 2007 June 27 Nationaltheater München, Munich, Germany.
Summary Alice in Wonderland is an opera composed by Unsuk Chin between 2004 and 2007 and commissioned by conductor Kent Nagano, with a libretto by David Henry Hwang and the composer, and inspired by Lewis Carroll's work. Born in Seoul, Korea, in 1961, Unsuk Chin has always been fascinated by Lewis Carroll's fairy tale. Just like the tale, the composer's first opera, a work in eight scenes for three soloists or more, chorus and orchestra, is very accessible and as modern as pleasant. It contains many references to composers like Ravel, Handel, Elgar, Stravinsky and Puccini and features many unusual instruments such as musical saws, slide whistles, an accordion, a harmonica, and a bass clarinet, a homage to George Gershwin. The singing performance of the artists is as flawless as their theatrical performance, which is very requiring in this opera. We listen with pleasure to Sally Matthews in Alice's role, Andrew Watt in the White rabbit's role, and Gwyneth Jones in the mean Queen of hearts' role. Alice's dream starts with the arrival of the White rabbit in a hurry, and then we rediscover during the two-hour show mythical characters, from the Cheshire cat to the Mad hatter, including all the animals of the tale. The beautiful performance of the Bayerisches Staatsorchester, conducted by great Kent Nagano, doubtlessly contributes to the magic of this opera and takes us, along with the acrobats' and pantomimes' movements of Achim Freyer's staging, between dream and reality.
Subject Alice (Fictitious character from Carroll) -- Drama.
Operas.
Alice (Fictitious character from Carroll)
Operas.
Genre/Form Drama.
Internet videos.
Internet videos.
Added Author Hwang, David Henry, 1957- librettist.
Matthews, Sally, 1975- singer.
Komsi, Piia, singer.
Rempe, Julia, singer.
Henschel, Dietrich, 1967- singer.
Watts, Andrew, 1967- singer.
Mey, Guy de, 1955- singer.
Jones, Gwyneth, 1936- singer.
Nagano, Kent, 1951- conductor.
Freyer, Achim, 1934- stage director.
Fellmann, Ellen, 1968- film director.
Libretto based on (work): Carroll, Lewis, 1832-1898. Alice's adventures in Wonderland.
Container of (work): Chin, Unsuk, 1961- Alice in Wonderland.
Bayerische Staatsoper München. Chor, singer.
Bayerische Staatsoper München. Kinderchor, singer.
Bayerisches Staatsorchester, instrumentalist.
Unitel Film- und Fernsehproduktionsgesellschaft mbH, production company.