Gilliam, alongside English National Opera Music Director, Edward Gardner, brings fresh energy to the staging of Berlioz’s Benvenuto Cellini –the outrageous tale of the notorious 16th-century goldsmith and sculptor.
Featuring stunning visual and musical set pieces including a Mardi Gras carnival complete with jugglers and aerialists, Benvenuto Cellini tells a story of thwarted love, elopement, intrigue, disguise and mistaken identity and features some of Berlioz’s most vibrant, swash-buckling and tender music.
A stellar cast was assembled for this new production, led by rising tenor Michael Spyres in the title role, with stunning soprano Corinne Winters as Cellini’s lover, Teresa. English National Opera favourite Willard White returns to the company to add Pope Clement VII to his already extensive list of roles.
“Terry Gilliam out Berlioz-ed Berlioz” ‘The 10 Best Classical Music Live Events of 2014’ - The Guardian
Benvenuto Cellini (English National Opera)
Named one of the ten best classical music events of 2014 by The Guardian, Monty Python legend Terry Gilliam unleashes his mercurial imagination on Berlioz’s dazzling opera Benvenuto Cellini. Available for the first time in Australia, English National Opera performances are captured live at the London Coliseum and are shot on multi-cam in stunning cinematic HD.