Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Mozart - Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail / Aga Winska Richard Croft Elisabet Hellstrom Bengt-Ola Morgny Tamas Szule Arnold Ostman Drottningholm Opera|
Actors: Aga Winska, Marianne Hellström, Richard Croft, Bengt-Ola Morgny, Tamás Szüle
Director: Thomas Olofsson
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama, Music Video & Concerts, Musicals & Performing Arts
Robert Baksa | new york state | 08/15/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The Drottningholm series of Mozart operas are a sure bet in almost every case and this is no exception. It is such a pleasure to see staging that is imaginative yet does not create a space which is contrary to the time and characters that the composer and librettist intended. One sees the same basic stage structures in almost every setting of these operas which adds enormously to the charm. The word "pretentious" never comes to mind. Needless to say the orchestral playing on original instruments under Ostman is superb. The singing is a bit less assured to my ear compared to other versions but not so much as to make the product unenjoyable. For me, Valerie Masterson is the most appealing Constanze and Willard White the best Osmin but that version, from Glyndbourne,may not be "hi-fi" enough for some audiophiles. Richard Croft is the best known singer on this set. His passage work is astounding but I find his voice too tightly produced for my personal taste. Still, you cannot go wrong with this version for a basic, no nonsense performance."
Great staging, acting, and superb Aga Winska
Michel Merlin | Versailles, France | 05/24/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Full disclosure: I don't have this DVD. But I happened to watch "Martern aller Arten" on Youtube where it lived a few days or hours before being removed. Aga Winska in singing was second only to a very few (Arleen Auger young, Edda Moser), and by little; her acting was outstanding, the whole staging too, with everything very intelligently and carefully done, from colors to moves and songs, full of life, sensible, a feast for ears *and eyes*, making that "Martern" one of the best I ever watched. I can't understand why that video was not left on Youtube, it would have brought customers - and warm reviewers on this page.
Versailles, Sun 25 May 2008 01:13 +0200"