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Schubert - Alfonso und Estrella / Mei, Trost, Schmeckenbecher, Muff, Werba, Korsten, Cagliari Opera
Schubert - Alfonso und Estrella / Mei Trost Schmeckenbecher Muff Werba Korsten Cagliari Opera
Actors: Eva Mei, Rainer Trost, Alfred Muff, Markus Werba, Gerard Korsten
Genres: Indie & Art House, Music Video & Concerts, Musicals & Performing Arts
NR     2004     2hr 12min


     
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Actors: Eva Mei, Rainer Trost, Alfred Muff, Markus Werba, Gerard Korsten
Genres: Indie & Art House, Music Video & Concerts, Musicals & Performing Arts
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Music Video & Concerts, Classical
Studio: Dynamic Italy
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 11/30/2004
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 2hr 12min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
Edition: Classical,Import
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Lovely music but little drama
Richard | Minneapolis, Mongolia | 03/12/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Since it is by Schubert it is beautiful - filled with lilting melodies. But alas it fails as a drama. Not much happens. But neverless it has a certain charm to it. And the singing is quite good. The production on the other hand is a little perverse. The stage is divided by the forestage which is littered with musical instruments and the upper stage which is largely populated by puppets who mime the action. We start off with the singers in concert garb in the pit forestage. Then gradually they don their costumes. But we never do really get rid of the puppets. And as the opera goes on the pit becomes more and more cluttered with instruments. God knows what all this signifies but it doesn't destroy the presentation since there is not much plot to begin with. All in all a decent plea for Alfonso and Schubert although as an opera composer he falls short."
I can't believe they edited bits out!!!
Dr. Aldona Jones | Melbourne, Australia | 09/17/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"As a lifelong devotee of Franz Schubert, and a proud owner of the Berlin Staatskapelle CD recording of "Alfonso & Estrella" (Berlin Classics BC 2156-2, 1982/1994)...I know every note of the opera off by heart! And I was shocked, as I watched the DVD version, to find many bits missing!!! Surely, with the plot being so slow-moving anyway, they could have performed it just as the composer wrote it! That is the sole reason I am giving it 4 stars instead of 5.

Having said that, it was a wonderful experience to finally see this opera performed on stage. The music is divine and the performance is excellent. Highly recommended to all fans of Schubert and all opera enthusiasts."
For fans of Schubert and collecters of operas
George B. Laurent | florida | 10/14/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Schubert was not a successful opera composer and his operas are considered to be dramatically weak.This performance reduces the time of the opera from three hours to 2 hours six minutes. Normally this would upset me but in this case I suspect the reduction makes the opera more accessible and certainly doesn't seem to harm it. There is lots of beautiful music and fine singing. The first reviewer has well described the staging which would normally would disturb me but in this case I find it amusing. Since I am a collecter I am glad I got it and would recommend it to those with a substantial budget for music. For others there are so many other fine operas!"