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Terry Gilliam on Film, Python and Opera: ENO Benvenuto Cellini

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Published on May 31, 2014

Broadcast live from the London Coliseum on Tuesday 17 June, 7.00
Unseen in London for many years, and never previously at the ENO, Berlioz's Benvenuto Cellini is forged anew at the London Coliseum by director Terry Gilliam and ENO Music Director Edward Gardner.

With its stunning visual and musical set pieces such as the Mardi Gras carnival, Berlioz's first completed opera is based on the autobiography of 16th-century goldsmith and sculptor Benvenuto Cellini.

It is a tale of thwarted love, elopement, intrigue, disguise, mistaken identity, secular merrymaking and sacred ceremony, set to some of Berlioz's most vibrant, swashbuckling and tender music.

The stellar cast is led by rising tenor Michael Spyres in the title role, with the stunning soprano Corinne Winters (last season's acclaimed Violetta) as Cellini's lover Teresa.

ENO favourite Willard White returns to the company to add Pope Clement VII to his already extensive list of roles.

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