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|Johann Strauss - Die Fledermaus / Domingo Te Kanawa Prey Royal Opera Covent Garden|
Actors: Kiri Te Kanawa, Hermann Prey, Dennis O'Neill, Hildegard Heichele, Paul Crook
Director: Humphrey Burton
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Musicals & Performing Arts
Most opera houses ring in the New Year with Johann Strauss Jr.'s most popular operetta--the festiveness of which is appropriate for the occasion--and this December 31, 1983, Covent Garden performance follows suit. An excep... more »
RHMS | 03/01/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Although the performance dates from the 1980s the DVD is visually and technically quite satisfactory. The DVD I ordered suffered from two or three brief interruptions. It was a gift to a relative and I wasn't able to determine whether the problem was with the disc or the player. The performances were all first-rate. Domingo took the orchestra at a very fast clip in the more "technical" portions of the Overture, but it was musically still quite appropriate. I particularly enjoyed the occasions where the spoken dialog switched over briefly to English. The ad libed "entertainment" at Prince Orlovsky's party was very good, but I've seen better. It was a bit inclined for a British audience."
Extremely musical and entertaining
Frank J. Gubala | 01/18/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This version is extremely entertaining, and with sub-titles turned on, it is a family targeted performance. Musically it is suberb and rich in texture. The guests in the Palace are entertained, but you can share the experience of the updated performances that are placed into this version. There is humor, spirit, drama, and wonderful dance segments to broaden the cultural richness. The orchestra, vocalists are first rate. Once you get used to the story line (especially young children), they will be exposed to opera in its finest setting. The Royal Opera Garden provides a classic atmosphere for the performance. I think you will love it and replay the DVD many times. It is truly a classic."