Maurice Sendak: Where the Wild Things Are & Higglety Pigglety Pop!

New York, NY, June 19, 2009 --( Two Fantasy Operas composed and conducted by Oliver Knussen with Libretti and Designs by Maurice Sendak

Designs Adhere Faithfully to the Illustrations in the Famous Children’s Books by Maurice Sendak

Where The Wild Things Are
& Higglety Pigglety Pop!

Available on DVD June 30

Kultur is proud to announce the DVD release of the fantasy operas, Where the Wild Things Are & Higglety Pigglety Pop! These two acclaimed productions from the Glyndebourne Festival Opera will be available together on the same DVD beginning June 30, 2009 for a suggested retail price of $24.99.

A collaboration of one of Britain’s foremost composers, Oliver Knussen, with the vivid magical images of American artist and author, Maurice Sendak, evokes a very special form of theater – fantasy opera.

The antics of young Max and his journey to the Land of the Wild Things, and Jennie, the Sealyham terrier’s search for something more than everything, are set against beautifully intricate designs which adhere faithfully to the illustrations in the famous children’s books by Maurice Sendak. The music is skillfully orchestrated with an unerring ability to depict fantasy characters and scenarios – a rare fusion of wit and lyricism. Where the Wild Things Are stars Karen Beardsley as Max and Higglety Pigglety Pop! stars Cynthia Buchan as Jennie.

Also on June 30th, Kultur will release two additional DVDs featuring the designs of Maurice Sendak in the Glyndebourne opera productions of Sergei Prokofiev’s The Love of Three Oranges, and the Maurice Ravel double-bill, L’Enfant Et Les Sortilege’s & L’Heure Espagnole. Both of these DVDs will retail for $29.99 each.

Glyndebourne’s production of The Love of Three Oranges is nothing short of a sizzling visual extravaganza. The combination of Frank Corsaro’s innovative direction and the brilliant creative designs of Maurice Sendak have created an opera which mixes fantasy, nightmare, romance and satire. The whole production is alive with acrobats, jugglers, body-builders, monsters, outrageous inflatable figures, colossal puppets and special animated sequences – creating a farcical, carnival atmosphere. The exciting rhythms and brilliant orchestration of Prokofiev’s score are conducted by Bernard Haitink.

L’Enfant Et Les Sortileges, which means ‘The bewitched child,’ tells the tale of a boy who is angry because he does not want to learn his lessons. He destroys his books and vandalizes the room he is in. But the room comes to life – chairs, grandfather clock, teapot and teacup – and seeks revenge.

L’Heure Espagnole means not only ‘the Spanish clock’ but also ‘the Spanish hour.’ Every Thursday at the same time, the clockmaker Torquemada has an appointment to wind and regulate the town clocks, thus leaving his wife alone in the house for an hour. The Spanish adventure is set in a Toledo square, over which towers the baroque façade of the town hall where Torquemada winds and minds the clocks.


Where the Wild Things Are & Higglety Pigglety Pop!
Street Date: June 30, 2009
SRP: $24.99
SKU: D4451
Run Time: 98 minutes
UPC: 032031445192
ISBN: 978-0-7697-8820-3

The Love of Three Oranges
Street Date: June 30, 2009
SRP: $29.99
SKU: D4460
Run Time: 115 minutes
UPC: 032031446090
ISBN: 978-0-7697-8835-7

L’Enfant Et Les Sortileges and L’Heure Espagnole
Street Date: June 30, 2009
SRP: $29.99
SKU: D4461
Run Time: 100 minutes
UPC: 032031446199
ISBN: 978-0-7697-8836-4

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