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Offline mc ukrneal

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Re: Opera on DVD
« Reply #740 on: April 14, 2014, 06:02:11 AM »
Is anyone familiar with the (relatively) new Tosca on DVD with Gheorghiu/Kaufman/Terfel with conducting from Pappano? It has gotten good reveiws, but wanted to see if anyone here had seen it.
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Re: Opera on DVD
« Reply #741 on: April 14, 2014, 09:03:39 PM »
I saw this broadcast. I just could not take Gheorghiu at all seriously. She has become a parody of a diva and her acting is plastered on self consciously from the outside. The naturalness that was evident in the Solti Traviata at the start of her stardom has been replaced be a stilted, self regarding style. I decided not to buy it despite everything else being first rate.

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Offline sanantonio

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Re: Opera on DVD
« Reply #742 on: May 14, 2015, 10:53:03 AM »
I subscribe to the Met Opera on Demand as well as Medici.tv - of course the Met has many filmed opera performances, many in HD video, historical as well as recent, and is a huge resource of operas.  Medici.tv has over 80 operas from other companies, mostly European, including three of my current favorites which are Robert Wilson productions.  So far, I've watched, Pelleas et Melisande, Madame Butterfly, and Monteverdi's L'Orfeo.  Generally the singers and orchestras sound good - but the real treat are the stripped down but fascinating stagings.  I find them very effective, but they require singers who can act as well as pull off the stylized movement, not to mention singing the roles. 

Some people find them too stark and contrived but I love them.  I plan on purchasing Aida, since it is not available from any streaming service I've found, and as many of the others that I can find.
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Offline Draško

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Re: Opera on DVD
« Reply #743 on: May 14, 2015, 01:05:43 PM »
I subscribe to the Met Opera on Demand as well as Medici.tv - of course the Met has many filmed opera performances, many in HD video, historical as well as recent, and is a huge resource of operas.  Medici.tv has over 80 operas from other companies, mostly European, including three of my current favorites which are Robert Wilson productions.  So far, I've watched, Pelleas et Melisande, Madame Butterfly, and Monteverdi's L'Orfeo.  Generally the singers and orchestras sound good - but the real treat are the stripped down but fascinating stagings.  I find them very effective, but they require singers who can act as well as pull off the stylized movement, not to mention singing the roles. 

Some people find them too stark and contrived but I love them.  I plan on purchasing Aida, since it is not available from any streaming service I've found, and as many of the others that I can find.

Unfortunately on DVD, apart from what you already mentioned, there is only Wilson's Gluck - Orphee and Alceste.

There is complete complete staged Bach St John's Passion on youtube.

Also on youtube are clips from Ring cycle, Norma, Die Dreigroschenoper, Le Martyre de Saint Sébastien, possibly more, none of which seem to be recorded.

Met archives might have Lohengrin he did there some years ago, also Einstein possibly? 
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Re: Opera on DVD
« Reply #744 on: May 15, 2015, 03:22:04 AM »
Met archives might have Lohengrin he did there some years ago, also Einstein possibly?

Neither of those was ever telecast, or taped.  A 2014 Théâtre du Châtelet performance of Einstein was available online for a while, but not anymore.  Perhaps it'll turn up on DVD one day.  Actually, I see there is a pirated version available. 
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Re: Opera on DVD
« Reply #745 on: May 15, 2015, 04:18:06 AM »
Einstein on the Beach is one Robert Wilson production I am not interested in.  I have the CDs that I don't listen to and that's enough. 
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