Finally--a Morbisch Production mit Subtitles!
A. Pfeffer | San Marcos, CA USA | 07/10/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The 2004 DVD issue of Strauss's posthumous operetta was a 1994 production from the Morbisch Festival in rural eastern Austria, on the flat and reedy shores of the anti-Alpine Lake Neusiedl. It's still listed here on Amazon.com, along with a virtually identical 2006 re-issue. Neither of these previous issues has subtitles, though the production is so spectacular and the performance so flavorful that the viewer almost doesn't need them.
Now comes this completely new DVD with subtitles, another Morbisch effort from 2007, and most welcome it is. A different production this time, staged by Maximilian Schell, just as spectacular as the 1994 and possibly even better sung and acted. Tenor Rainer Trost is especially fine as the compulsively womanizing "no-account" Count. The Johann Strauss enthusiast will want to own both versions. The new one differs somewhat in musical content and focuses even more intensely on the humorous and scandalous sides of Viennese behavior and dialect."
CONTINUOUS JOY AND FUN
Chilean Opera lover | Santiago, Chile | 12/01/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This DVD is a must. Good sound and image. All singers are great the chemistry between them on stage is notorious. Stage and costumes are traditional. But first of all we have to thank Johann Strauss for the music of this, his last operetta. Waltzes and mazurcas one after another, including the blue danube. All that means GREAT music, and in addition, sung and acted wonderful. It also includes ballet. It is a joy to see this DVD but with sutitles if you do not understand german, because the libretto includes some funny spoken parts. English, french, italian and spanish subtitles. Sound Dolby Digital 5.0 You'll never regret to buy this DVD."