Death in Venice

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5 March 2011, Teatro alla Scala, Milan

Creative Team


Teatro alla Scala


Benjamin Britten


Myfanwy Piper


Deborah Warner


Kim Brandstrup


Tom Pye


Chloe Obolensky


Jean Kalman


Gustav von Ashenbach

John Graham-Hall

The Traveller, The Elderly Fop, The Old Gondolier, The Hotel Manager, The Leader of the Players, The Voice of Dionisius

Peter Coleman-Wright

The Voice of Apollo

Iestyn Davis

The Polish Mother

Anja Grubic

Tadzio, her son

Alberto Terribile

Her Two Daughters

Camilla Esposito
Arianna Spagnuolo

Their Governess

Marinella Crespi

Jaschiu, Tadzio's Friend

Jacopo Giarda

Head Porter

Peter van Hulle

Strawberry Seller, Strolling Player

Anna Dennis

Guide, Priest

Charles Johnston

English Clerk

Jonathan Gunthorpe

The Glass Maker

Richard Edgar-Wilson

Lace Seller

Constance Novis

Beggar Woman

Madeleine Shaw

Restaurant Waiter

Benoit De Leersnyder

Death In Venice

Review Extracts

"Meanwhile Sam Zaldivar's Tadzio is as definitively right as Bjorn Andresen waa in the film: whether doing slow pirouettes or whirling no-hands cartwheels, he possesses a more perfect line than any young dancer-gymnast has a right to. Kim Brandstrup's choreography is a delight: even something as simple-seeming as three small girls running in irregular formation across a beach is both precisely choreographed and made to look carelessly natural. A flawless evening." The Independent

"Kim Brandstrup’s varied choreography, which centres on Sam Zaldivar’s enigmatic Tadzio and gives the scenes on the beach their energy, in integral to the fluency of the whole conception." Martin Kettle, The Guardian