Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Weber - Der Freischutz / Ligendza Kramer Schone Probst Davies Stuttgart Opera|
Actors: Toni Kramer, Caterina Ligendza, Raili Viljakainen, Wolfram Raub, Wrttemberg State Opera Orchestra
Director: Hartmut Schottler
Genres: Indie & Art House, Musicals & Performing Arts
Carl Maria von Weber's opera Der Freischütz met with instant success on its premiere in Berlin in 1821, rapidly spreading throughout Europe. Audiences identified readily with the folk melodies and hunting character of its ... more »
C. D. Mitchell | Kansas City, MO USA | 09/22/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Yes: the finale of the second act is very strange and does contain a "six-foot tall masturbating bunny." However, don't forget what Weber is trying to set-up musically and what the stage director is trying to enhance. That very dark finale, the crux of which is the summoning of the powers of the devil, is to open with a chorus of woodland creatures. Not just any creatures, but those who live in the Wolf's Glen...the dark lair of Samiel, the devil. Of course, one shouldn't expect chipmunks with puffy little cheeks, singing blue birds, and lush Bavarian foliage. You are presented, in this production, with a chorus of ten religious/mental atrocities. If you think the masturbating rabbit is bad, try an infant impaled on a bayonet, a grotesque humanoid centipede, and a leather-clad flagellant. Everything on this stage at this point is utterly horrifying, which leads into the famous melodramatic motif of the casting of the seven shots. It is strangely reminiscent of how Roman Polanski treats the three witches in his version of Macbeth.The fact that this creation was done on a small German stage is amazing. Don't be shy of the bizarreness of what's been said, because the entire production is wonderful. The singing is excellent and the finale of the third act is truly amazing. The only reason why I don't give this production five stars is that the acting and stage movement of Agathe and Max seem very awkward and cardboardish. The voice and performance of the woman who plays Aennche (Annie) is an utter delight. There are also numerous scenes where the director has included some very good sophisticated humor.Showing this to any class is a risk, however, mature students and those appreciative of operatic moods will thoroughly enjoy one of the last of the German "singspiel" operas. It is also critical for a student to take in this opera as, along with Meyerbeer (Les Huguenots, et al.) and Italian "bell-canto" influences, Weber is one of the pillars of late 19th-century German opera. And yes, I do mean Wagner..."
Yuck---what utter trash
Nicholas Prakash | Atlanta Georgia | 10/14/2001
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I rented this production to see the famous "Wolf's Glen Scene". What i got was a rabbit masturbating with a rubber dildo(black). It is also extremly stupid in the production value and looked like it was done by a college group. People moved around like they were puppets on a string. Also the cheesy chorus. Is there a another version?"
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The musical performances in this video is wonderful--unquestionably, but the buyer may be challenged by the visual elements.The production is filmed on a small stage, much as would have been typical of an opera production in a small town in 19th century Germany. Scenery, costuming, makeup, are all "period"--do not expect a high-tech, visually flamboyant production. Beware of the Wolf's Glen Scene, where special liberties are taken. I really have my doubts about whether a small theater would have made use of a six-foot tall, masturbating rabbit as a part of this scene. Be cautioned--if you buy this video for use in a classroom situation, or to share with freinds, you may be quite embarassed by these 10 minutes."
A STAGE DIRECTOR'S MISCONCEPTION
R. Olsavicky | Butler, Pa. USA | 05/31/2007
(1 out of 5 stars)
"This is just so WRONG! Do yourself a favor; if you really like this opera go and buy the ARTHAUS MUSIC DVD with Gottlob Frick, Arlene Saunders and a wonderful cast and production. The current cast on this DVD can't hold a candle to that near perfect cast and production. Where do they come up with these outrageous concepts. A six foot sexually active bunny - come off it and have some respect for the composer and this beautiful score. AN ARTISTIC DISASTER!"