Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Handel - Tamerlano / Jonathan Miller Trevor Pinnock - Bacelli Randle Pushee Norberg-Schulz Bonitatibus Abete - Hndelfestspiele Halle 2001|
Actors: Monica Bacelli, Tom Randle, Elizabeth Norberg-Schulz, Graham Pushee, Anna Bonitatibus
Director: Helga Dubnyicsek
Genres: Drama, Musicals & Performing Arts
A bit too static
Francesco Alvarez | 08/07/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The cast of this Tamerlano is excelent. There is not criticism to any of these talented young singers, particularly Randle and Bonitatibus. The costumes are lavish and the interpretation of Handel's masterpiece is impecable to say the less (Bravo Trevor Pinnock). However,a three hours-long opera would require a more dynamic staging than the one that Jonathan Miller delivers here. Everything in this production is too static to my taste in spite of all the efforts put by the singers (particularly Randle) to convey some acting and humanity to their roles. The use of a single and very simple scenary all through the whole opera does not help at all to make this production a bit more attractive. You have to really love Handel to go all through the whole opera in one shot. This set of two DVDs have great extra features though, specially those related with the making of Tamerlano and a historic reaccount of the last 50 years of the Handel Festival in Halle."
A fantastic Handel opera DVD!
pohaku | Oahu | 07/15/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If the magnificent Glyndebourne DVD of Giulio Cesare is Handelian Kabuki, this one is Handelian Noh. I'm mainly writing to offer a different perspective on the "static" staging. Other reviewers have extolled the costumes, the singing, and the opera itself, but some were put off by the lack of action. I was made leery by those reviews myself, but, having now seen the DVD, my perception is that the movements on stage and the dynamics of the characters--the "acting"-- were very carefully worked out and wonderfully executed by the singer/actors. The result was not static for us, but expressive, sometimes slowly so in accord with the music. Thus, the drama makes sense and the viewer who can enter that special world reaps the many benefits of the production. Everything extrinsic is stripped away. We believed in the woman playing Tamerlano; we believed in Bajazet's rage; and we came to understand his daughter and her lover's evolution of emotions and ideas. The excellent camera work helps a great deal, by the way; I've never seen better."
W. Walsh | Chambersburg, PA | 03/23/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"What a fabulous DVD of Handel's music. The music is sung with great artistry and feeling. All the singers are exceptional and the acting is superb.
The costumes can justifably be called stunning. Some people consider this production static but we do not feel that way about it. This production concentrates on the expressiveness and beauty of the music. It does not distract with unrelated stage business. As with so much of Handel's music, Tamerlano contains pieces of very great beauty.
If you are looking for stage fireworks, gimmicks or shock value, you will not find that here - but you just may love it anyway. We have watched it over and over. It is a wonderful production. We hope to see more Handel done in this style from Mr. Miller and Mr. Pinnock."