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Work: Benvenuto Cellini

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ComposerBerlioz, Hector (1803-1869)
Work typeOpera / Oratorio
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Prom 59: Berlioz with a bronze glow

Duncan Meadows as the statue of Perseus © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
To mark the 150th anniversary of the composer's death, Sir John Eliot Gardiner conducts the opera charting the escapades of the Italian goldsmith and sculptor. 
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Terry Gilliam’s spectacular Benvenuto Cellini arrives in Amsterdam

The task sounded Herculean: turning Benvenuto Cellini, that reputedly difficult, flawed work by Berlioz, into an utterly entertaining show that renders justice to its youthfully energetic music. This is what Terry Gilliam manages to pull off... and it is nothing short of miraculous.
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Terry Gilliam strikes gold for ENO

“He’s not an opera director. He’s a very naughty boy!” Three years after his surreal Damnation of Faust, Terry Gilliam tackles more Berlioz for English National Opera in the shape of Benvenuto Cellini, striking gold again.
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Gardiners Benvenuto Cellini-Gala beim Musikfest Berlin

Benvenuto Cellini © Adam Janisch
Ein historischer Berlioz-Triumph für das ORR, den Monteverdi Choir und die Solisten, nur ein Hammerschlag vor beziehungsweise zu viel der Absolutheit. Berlioz kurios!
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Benvenuto Cellini à La Côte-Saint-André : du jeu et des décibels

Sir John Eliot Gardiner © Chris Christodoulou
Au Festival Berlioz, Sir John Eliot Gardiner dirige une éclatante production de Benvenuto Cellini, avec un grand Michael Spyres et une intelligente mise en espace de Noa Naamat.
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