Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Mozart Le Nozze di Figaro |
Actors: Ildebrando d'Arcangelo, Anna Netrebko, Bo Skovhus, Dorothea Röschmann, Christine Schäfer
Director: Brian Large
Genres: Indie & Art House, Music Video & Concerts, Musicals & Performing Arts
MOZART:LE NOZZE DI FIGARO - Blu-Ray Movie
Better listened to then watched!
Thomas E. Ascher | Bellingham, WA | 01/01/2009
(1 out of 5 stars)
"What a missed opportunity! Great performers, great orchestra, in a perverse, misguided direction! An extra character has been introduced who goes around grimacing, juggling, tossing oranges and apples around the set during the action, or caressing or making teasing actions at the characters distracting from the action. And talk about sparse; Susanna sings her opening aria about her hat without wearing or holding one! Most of action takes place on a bare set with no furniture. This is a travesty and a disappointment. I was so hoping for a new production with wide screen, superb sound and top performers but this is not it."
An artistic disaster
Brian Wrangham | Ottawa, Ontario Canada | 03/21/2009
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I had great hopes when I bought this disc but they were soon dispelled when I started to watch. I already have several DVD versions of this masterpiece in my collection - for me the best one by far was directed by Jean Pierre Ponnelle in a film studio, back in early 1980s. This blue-ray production borders on being an artistic travesty. It is so bad that I have given it only a one-star rating, the lowest I have ever given an opera on either DVD or Blue-ray. This disc's only redeeming quality is that it is technically excellent - the video direction is exemplary and the DTS-HD 5.1 soundtrack outstanding.
Unfortunately, the stage direction and overall presentation are among the worst I have ever seen. It is puzzling that a conductor with the experience and knowledge of Nikolaus Harnoncourt would ever agree to be associated with it. The staging is an unmitigated disaster as are the custumes. The addition of a cherub is both distracting and ridiculous - the stage director (Claus Guth) would have been very wise to present the work the way Mozart wrote it. If this is the best Mr. Guth can do then I think he ought to seriously consider an early retirement and not inflict his bizarre intrepretation of great operas on an unsuspecting public. Quite honestly, the custumes were far too austere and bordered on the absurb. The less written about the monochromatic sets and complete absence of elegant furniture the better.
Performance great; Staging poor
J. T. Spry | 01/11/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Harnoncourt and this cast are wonderfully magnificent. But the staging is better described as anti-staging. A wonderful surprise, to me, was the stunningly clear DTS-HD sound on the blu-ray disc. Well worth the price even with the visual left out!"
Wonderful performances, gorgeous singing! What more do you
Nigel Mc | The Chilterns | 10/27/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I entirely agree with M Van Loon. This is a marvellous performance with superb singing from all the artists. While it is probably unfair to single out any one performer I have to give specific praise to Netrebko, Schafer and Roschmann. Simply gorgeous voices and all of these artists have such good acting ability that it brings a new dimension to opera. Over the years having seen many Figaros I have to say that this one is in a league of its own. As to the previous comment which critised the sparseness of the set, I would have to question the rationale of going to the opera. Is it to hear glorious music well sung and acted or is it to see beautiful costumes and colourful sets? To my mind the minimalist staging concentrates the mind on the singing and the performance of the artists. If I want to see authentic costumes I can always go to a museum!
It also has to be said that the quality of the Blu-ray is top notch. Wonderful clarity and detail with stunning sound. Nothing to dislike.
On a personal level I enjoyed the introduction of the Cherub acting as a sort of unauthodox 'guardian angel'. This is a graceful performance which added to my overall enjoyment of the performance. I suppose that strict purists can always take issue with any deviation from the norm. However, I like to regard opera as a continually developing art form. New interpretations can often bring new life into familiar territory without diminishing the appeal of the original.
This disc also has very interesting interviews with the artists and selective excerpts from rehearsal. The disc is excellent value for money, being cheaper than many standard definition opera dvds."