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Salzburg Festival - Modern Operas

Alvis Hermanis stage director and set designer | Nikolaus Lehnhoff stage director | Vera Nemirova stage director | Michael Volle baritone | Matthias Klink tenor | Tomasz Konieczny bass-baritone | Patricia Petibon soprano | Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor
Vienna Philharmonic, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
Ingo Metzmacher, Kent Nagano, Marc Albrecht

This DVD Box contains three award-winning reference recordings of modern 20th century operas, recorded at the Salzburg Festival in 2005, 2010 and 2012. Featuring the Wiener Philharmoniker, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and stellar soloists such as Michael Volle, Matthias Klink, Tomasz Konieczny and Patricia Petibon.

Bernd Alois Zimmermann: Die Soldaten

Bernd Alois Zimmermann’s opera Die Soldaten (The Soldiers) was the “highlight of the festival season”, and “broke all records!” (Süddeutsche Zeitung). Salzburg’s Felsenreitschule is the ideal performance venue for the mammoth production, the gigantic building essentially becoming a 40-metre-high stage. Featuring the Vienna Philharmonic conducted by Ingo Metzmacher, and more than 170 musicians, including no fewer than 50 soloists. Winner of the DIAPASON D’OR, DIAMANT d’Opéra Magazine and the Grand Prix de l’Académie Charles Cros.

Franz Schreker: Die Gezeichneten

Composed and first performed towards the end of the First World War, the demanding work with its huge orchestral and casting requirements enjoyed performances on many important stages. Forced into early retirement following the Nazis’ seizure of power, Schreker died prematurely and the work was forgotten. The impressive opera opened the 2005 Salzburg Festival and was deservedly hailed “rediscovery of the year” by the New York Times.

Alban Berg: Lulu

The rarely performed opera calls for a very large orchestra and an extended cast of singers. French star soprano Patricia Petibon embodies Lulu, the femme fatale who meets a tragic end. Conductor Marc Albrecht leads the Wiener Philharmoniker through the rich sonorities of Berg’s music, treating them as a natural extension of Wagner, Brahms and Strauss.


Bernd Alois Zimmermann: Die Soldaten
Franz Schreker: Die Gezeichneten
Alban Berg: Lulu

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NTSC 16:9
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PCM Stereo
Dolby Digital 5.1
dts 5.1
Total running time
440 mins
Details running time
DVD 1: 122 mins, DVD 2: 145 mins, DVD 3&4: 173 mins
English, French, German
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English, French, German
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