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Lulu - Alban Berg - Blu-ray

Patricia Petibon , Michael Volle , Marc Albrecht    NR (Not Rated)   Blu-ray
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Also available in standard definition! Alban Berg's opera 'Lulu' is the story of a lower-class girl who sleeps her way to fame and fortune before losing everything she has and finding death at the hands of Jack the Ripper. Conductor Marc Albrecht supports the two main protagonists, Patricia Petibon's Lulu and Michael Volle's Dr. Schön, with the rich sonorities of Berg's music. Particularly impressive are the gigantic backdrops that dominate the stage and were painted by Daniel Richter, one of the leading German artists of our time. ' the wonderfully transparent, flowing sound of the Wiener Philharmoniker, which splendidly displays all the colors of this magical score under the fabulously precise baton of Marc Albrecht.' - FRANKFURTER ALLGEMEINE ZEITUNG

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1.0 out of 5 stars Wrong version Jan. 10 2014
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These reviews are for the the old Glyndebourne version, which is excellent, NOT the one show above. Read the cast list and you'll find no correlation. Amazon, please correct.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Passing the bravery test for a soprano with flying (and vivid) colors March 14 2012
By Shore DJ - Published on Amazon.com
If you're singing and playing the role of "Lulu", you need not just the talent, but a lot of moxie to play someone who's a party girl, a dancer, a murderer, and a prostitute. And can also express just the right amount of "crazy", far beyond your average Lucia. Patricia Petibon handles the task admirably with her singing, facial expressions, and yes, her body as she is not dressed for winter in most of this. Also worthy of praise is Michael Volle as the exasperated Dr. Schon and the quietly menacing Jack The Ripper. This is from the Salzburg Festival, and thankfully they don't get too outrageous (the subject matter takes care of that), except for giving the patrons a bit of 3-D by playing the opening of the third act amongst the audience. The stage settings are spare with the emphasis on the backdrops...particularly the striped curtain behind the ringmaster during the opening that could be used to calibrate your HDTV, it's that brilliant. And you can't go wrong with the Vienna Philharmonic. A worthwile program from Salzburg.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed this production, but not as much as I thought I would! May 20 2014
By Stuart Sillitoe - Published on Amazon.com
I enjoyed this production, but not as much as I thought I would! It boasts quite a strong cast, with every member giving their all, with Michael Volle deserving a special mention, in fact it is hard to criticise the performance as there is no weak point in the cast or orchestra. I don’t know what it is but it just does not sit properly for me, perhaps it is Vera Nemirova’s or Daniel Richter’s designs, I just know that it does not match up to the 1997 Gramophone Award winning DVD from Glyndebourne with Christine Schäfer in the title role.
I enjoyed Patricia Petibon’s depiction of Lulu, I found it more coquettish, if not sexy, than Schäfer, especially in the first act, but I disagree with Arnold Whittall in his Gramophone review (A/12), who seems to point to her background in early music giving her too much “vulnerability” in the role. She is after all the only singer to have two different recordings of this wonderful work in the catalogue, although I do find this production to be better than her 2011 DG one from the Licieu under the baton of Michael Boder, although this is more to do with the less than ideal supporting cast.
I find the angst and the sheer darkness of this opera are to be found more in Graham Vick’s production from Glyndebourne, which still remains as my first recommendation. Some may find the different approach of this new production preferable, but I found myself asking what would Berg think, and I believe he would recognise the wonderful Christine Schäfer at Glyndebourne to be more in keeping with his vision for the opera!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Opera News' Best DVD of the year Jan. 16 2013
By Volunteer of America - Published on Amazon.com
Please be aware that Opera News elected this Blu-ray Lulu as the best DVD - combining both the DVD and Blu-ray categories - of 2012, number one of their twelve top favorites. They described it as "Picture Perfect".
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4.0 out of 5 stars MY COPY HAS NO SUBTITLES March 4 2014
By riddimdaddy - Published on Amazon.com
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1.0 out of 5 stars Unplayable March 10 2012
By GSE - Published on Amazon.com
This blu-ray of Alban Berg's opera 'Lulu' promised to be very appealing. I am sure it would live up to that promise, if only the disc could be played. There is some flaw in the programming so that only one menu option appears: "Scene Selections: Act". Pressing enter, play, arrow keys, or any other key on the remote, are all to no avail. There is no way to actually play the disc.
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