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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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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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« 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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Re: Opera on DVD
« Reply #746 on: January 20, 2016, 01:19:18 PM »
I have about 3 dozen DVD/blue rays of operas, I watch more on Mezzo and I also has a subscription on Medici TV.  I found these to be poor substitutes to the real thing so I travel and attend to ~ 8 operas live a year.  The spatialization of sound the dynamics on intensities, the 3D staging, cannot be found in a blue ray nor in cinema retransmissions of the MET performances.  From my collection this is the one I would pick as the best, mostly because of Danielle de Niese  magnificent performance as Cleopatra.  I have also seen her in les indes galantes were she is also marvelous.
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Re: Opera on DVD
« Reply #747 on: January 24, 2016, 01:08:32 AM »
Spineur, That performance is one of my own favourites, along with Theodora from the same company. Here is a link to a much earlier discussion.



http://www.good-music-guide.com/community/index.php/topic,2077.msg300552/topicseen.html#msg300552

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Re: Opera on DVD
« Reply #748 on: January 29, 2016, 02:40:08 PM »
Thanks !  Great review !! I find GMG intimidating at times.  When you see the discussion on Beethoven piano sonatas has something like 200 pages !! That's one week of hard work to read all this !!

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Re: Opera on DVD
« Reply #749 on: January 29, 2016, 11:32:12 PM »
No need to sweat it; just dip in and out of long threads and you will quickly get to grips with increasing elements. No one expects someone to make sure they don't repeat a point or question that was brought up six months and 50 pages ago.....enjoy.

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Re: Opera on DVD
« Reply #750 on: December 06, 2016, 05:09:02 AM »
Here are the opera on DVD I enjoyed most this year (out of the 22 I purchased)









In addition I recorded a Kovanchina under the direction of V. Giergev (Mezzo TV) which I thought was as good or better than the Abbado from the Vienna opera.  It hasnt been released on DVas far as I know

Honorable mention for the reissue of Martinu Greek passion, and Anthony Minghella MET production of Madame Butterfly.  The Wozzeck broadcasted by Arte was also quite good, if you like Berg operas.

On CD, Bloch Macbeth as a fun discovery



and Alexandre Tansman "Le Serment" a real flop.






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Re: Opera on DVD
« Reply #751 on: December 06, 2016, 08:33:10 AM »

In addition I recorded a Kovanchina under the direction of V. Giergev (Mezzo TV) which I thought was as good or better than the Abbado from the Vienna opera.  It hasnt been released on DVas far as I know

The early 90s production or something newer? The one from early 90s has been briefly available on DVD (I have it), but it wasn't the greatest audio/video quality and had no subtitles. This was it:

https://www.amazon.com/Khovanshchina-Valery-Gergiev/dp/B0006I0SK8
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Re: Opera on DVD
« Reply #752 on: December 06, 2016, 09:18:25 AM »
The early 90s production or something newer? The one from early 90s has been briefly available on DVD (I have it), but it wasn't the greatest audio/video quality and had no subtitles. This was it:

https://www.amazon.com/Khovanshchina-Valery-Gergiev/dp/B0006I0SK8
This was a hires (with great sound) live broadcast from the Marinsky theater (not the Kirov), so it is newer.  If I juge from the cover, the staging and the costume look also different.

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