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Richard Strauss - Salome / Peter Hall · Edward Downes · Maria Ewing, · ROH Covent Garden
Richard Strauss - Salome / Peter Hall Edward Downes Maria Ewing ROH Covent Garden
Actors: Maria Ewing, Michael Devlin, Kenneth Riegel, Gillian Knight, Robin Leggate
Director: Derek Bailey
Genres: Indie & Art House, Special Interests, Musicals & Performing Arts
NR     2001     1hr 45min

Opera of events in the court of Herod, who wants Salome and fears John the Baptist.


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Actors: Maria Ewing, Michael Devlin, Kenneth Riegel, Gillian Knight, Robin Leggate
Director: Derek Bailey
Creators: Revel Guest, Hedwig Lachmann, Oscar Wilde
Genres: Indie & Art House, Special Interests, Musicals & Performing Arts
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Dance, Classical
Studio: Kultur Video
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 11/20/2001
Original Release Date: 01/01/1992
Theatrical Release Date: 00/00/1992
Release Year: 2001
Run Time: 1hr 45min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
Edition: Classical
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: German
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

Superb technique
Andrew N. Lenz | Rural MA | 03/19/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Many of the reviews complain about Ewing's vocality, but this is exactly what makes the performance so blood-chilling perfect. Rather than just blasting out all the notes as you average battle-axe soprano would, Ewing uses the German "sing-speak" technique that became so briefly popular in the 20th century among composers of dissonance. Much of her banter is spoken in melody with dramatic inflection, although to the musical notes, and is amazingly effective in portraying a fixated, spoiled, and nasty teeny-bopper. She has perfected operatic creepiness as it was intended for this work."
Bravo to all, especially Ewing
Robert P. Pherigo | Kansas City | 07/14/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Oh my God! I just finished watching this. Maria Ewing is amazing. Her intense focus is wonderful. I saw a live performance of Salome a few years ago in the midwest and wished the Salome and the whole production had been more intense and a little crazy. The whole thing was just too tame. I came away wondering if Salome could be done convincingly. I wonder no longer. This is a stellar performance. It's true that Ewing doesn't always sing the notes but who cares! She gets across the meaning beautifully. Keneth Riegel is also a standout. Kudos to the whole cast. Highly recommended!!!"
Boycott Kultur
Archie | Ottawa ON Canada | 07/10/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"All right. I asked for it. Despite my previous resolution not to buy another Kultur DVD ever again I bought this. I had the video, which like almost all Kultur products was, from the technical aspect, second rate. However, the performances of all the major singer/actors, particularly Maria Ewing and Michael Devlin are outstanding; as is the staging. In preparation for the new Salomes about to be released (Teresa Stratas and Karita Matilla) I wanted to have another viewing of this landmark production. My hope was that the DVD would be better than the video.

Silly me!! I foolishly thought that Kultur would have cleaned it up the way responsible companies do before releasing a video as a DVD. But no. Just as with their "Turandot", they start with a shoddy video and rerelease it as a shoddy DVD. The sound (stereo only) and vision are muddy. The subtitles are in English only and cannot be turned off. There are no liner notes and no extras.

So why, you may ask, am I giving it 5 stars? It is for the same reason I would give the Caballe "Norma" five stars despite its flawed recording. This is a unique excellent production. Would that any other company than Kultur had produced this DVD!!

As I wrote in my review of their "Turandot": I wish Kultur would go bankrupt and get out of the way."