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Offenbach;Jacques Ritter Blaub

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
An Opera which is successful on its own terms Nov. 2 2009
By Jay Silman - Published on Amazon.com
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This operetta, Barbe Bleu(Bluebeard), is sung in German but the viewer of this DVD has the option to view the subtitles in English, French and Italian. There is a second DVD that accompanies the original DVD in the package and it contains stage directions and film clips from performances of this work in the 1960's. The DVD captures the spirit of the original performances which won world wide acclaim everywhere except in France. It would have captured France if the performance was sung in French, the original language of this Opera. The director, Walter Felsenstein, does a magnificent job in directing this production in sets that could have originated in 19th century productions of this work. It would have been nice if the libretto to this operetta was enclosed with the DVD.
I recommend this DVD for purchase to those who like Offenbach, French comedy, and a production which will probably not be rivalled anytime soon. Purchase now before it goes out of print!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Enjoyable Nov. 19 2009
By Dr. J. J. Kregarman - Published on Amazon.com
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This is not Offenbach's greatest operetta but it is indeed quite enjoyable. The singers are all quite good and are remarkable actors. The sets and costumes are very good, and the sound is better than acceptable. All in all everything is done with verve and thus this is one of the best DVDs of an Offenbach operetta. While it is done mostly in German, it still bubbles.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Offenbach: Ritter Blaubart May 25 2010
By bruce bergstrom - Published on Amazon.com
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this is a german interpretation of offenbach. where the french productions of offenbach are humorous, sparkly, meaningful, yet witty, this german production is
heavy handed. the portrayls are so strange it feels like franz kafka smacking you
over the head, while trying to be funny, and satirical of european political situations. having said that, the voices are very good, the king is so wierdly
outrageous, but human at the same time, i admired the performance, and the overall
production. but if a production of 'bluebeard' from opera de lyon came out, i would get that in a heart-beat.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Fun! March 9 2011
By C. Hightower - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a delightful bit of fun that I've seen/listened to many times now. The only reason I gave it 4 stars is because one of the sopranos, while perfect for the part in every other way, has a voice that is a little too shrill for me. The music is one of Offebach's best efforts, to my mind.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Very good movie May 1 2010
By A. BOSS - Published on Amazon.com
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Considering when this movie was originally made, both the video and audio are very good. Costumes, settings, singing & acting are also very good. Musically, this is one of Offenbach's better operettas. My only complaint is the that the director sometimes sacrifices Offenbach's ideas for his own.