"This yearning for new and distant scenes, this craving for freedom, release, forgetfulness -- they were he admitted to himself, an impulse towards flight, flight from the spot which was the daily theatre of a rigid, cold, and passionate service," Thomas Mann once wrote in his short story "A Death In Venice
Death in Venice
, Opera North, Newcastle Theatre Royal OPERA North's centenary festival provided a rare chance to see Benjamin Britten's last opera written almost against the clock in 1972-3.
Britten is one of the most successful British opera composers of the 20th Century, and Opera North is bringing A Midsummer Night's Dream, Death in Venice
, and Phyllida Lloyd's multi-award-winning production, Peter Grimes, to the venue.
Thomas Mann said that he began The Magic Mountain (1924) as a short, comic counterpart to "Death in Venice
A Japanese austerity visited the Canadian Opera Company's fall revival of Benjamin Britten's final stage piece, Death in Venice
Scott Fitzgerald's Tender Is the Night served as a muse for Geoff Dyer's last work of fiction, Paris, Trance (1998), but the author admits that Thomas Mann's Death in Venice
, the inspiration for his latest effort, Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi (Pantheon, $24), never held much meaning for him.
In John Neumeier's Death in Venice
(2003), titled after Thomas Mann's novella, the protagonist is not a writer but a choreographer in a creative crisis.
Trailers for such films as Tea and Sympathy, The Children's Hour, The Killing of Sister George, Midnight Cowboy, and Death in Venice
are shown without commentary.
The following is excerpted from The Real Tadzio: Thomas Mann's Death in Venice
and the Boy Who Inspired It (Carroll & Graf 2003).
For it has been the setting for so many memorable movies, including Death In Venice
and Don't Look Now, which starred Donald Sutherland - who's also in the latest Italian Job along with Mark Wahlberg and Charlize Theron.But no matter how many times you've seen it in films, it will still take your breath away when you experience it for real.
I suppose we conjure up Thomas Mann's Death in Venice
, the movie anyway, with its swelling Mahler soundtrack.
In the light of subsequent developments in Ruskin's life, Marcolini also makes a sinister, if less conventional, connection between marriage and death in Venice