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Wagner;Richard Der Fliegende H [Blu-ray] [Import]

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Product Details

  • Format: Classical, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish
  • Region: Region B/2
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: BBC / Opus Arte
  • Release Date: May 31 2011
  • ASIN: B004Q2TWKM

Product Description

Fliegende Hollander (Der) /Olandese Volante

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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Terrible! Sept. 8 2011
By Hannah Banana - Published on
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is a really aggravating production of Der Fliegende Holländer. I am open to wild or postmodern productions (I liked the Copenhagen Ring), but I hate when the production almost seems to make fun of the work like it is one big joke. The opening scene has everyone on a cruise ship. It is like a spoof of the actual story.

Senta is spinning a spinning wheel while the other women are getting glamorous for their men. Why would Senta have a spinning wheel on a cruise ship or in a spa? Makes no sense. This is the problem with Regietheater. One aspect works while something else is totally out of place in the concept. I don't need a traditional production, but if I am going to buy into the crazy concept, I need to be able to buy into it. Of course, if the director was aiming for a Brechtian distancing effect (Verfremdungseffekt), then maybe he achieved his goal. I don't know.

I think the singers do a creditable job for the most part, but most opera lovers are going to want to turn off the picture and just listen. I was hoping this would be a great addition to my Wagner dvd collection, but I regretted buying it. The singers are decent but not outstanding, so overall, this is an aggravating production that seems to make a joke out of the opera.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A wonderful first Dutchman May 29 2013
By Edmund Zebrowski - Published on
Format: Blu-ray
I'm just getting into opera, Wagner in particular thanks to the Met's new Ring Cycle, so my opinion may not be as sage as others but as a newbie I loved this production. I also happen to find that I like more contemporary stagings so it was perfect. Robert Lloyd was very commanding as the otherworldly seaman and his booming voice filled the role with depth. Catherine Naglestad was the standout for me. Her performance as Senta brought tears to my eyes in the end. It did help that I knew the basic plot for the first two acts and let the finally be a surprise but the updated staging held well my attention and I'll defiantly be watching it again.
Stupendous Singing March 28 2013
By Cynthia B. Hale - Published on
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
The audio and soloists were magnificent; the visual production was extremely modern and I do not believe it reflects Wagner's conception.
7 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Great singing, terrible production Sept. 9 2011
By John Chandler - Published on
Format: Blu-ray
This is most splendidly sung with a terrific cast and has fantastic sound. The box photos look interesting and It starts off with highly atmospheric cold wind and rain on the North Sea. One feels one is in for a winner. Oh dear oh dear - suddenly gates open and a band of hippy looking tourists appear just back from a rock concert on the Costa del Sol by the look of them. Later they are joined by members of young immigrant street gangs knifing each other, the ladies look like street walkers! The main cast alternates between dark, almost monk like dress, and flashy night club gear. I found it impossible to concentrate on the opera with all this wierd staging and it was a struggle to watch it through to the end. The old Savonlinna and especially the magnificent Turku recordings manage the drama so much better. This "new" Dutchman is one of the worst operatic fiascos on Blu-ray I have so far encountered. Just as bad as the dreadfull Meistersinger recently released and universally blasted! Buy with considerable caution. How productions like this get approved for Blu-ray baffles me. What a waste. I am not against an update - Rienzi and the Spanish Ring were brilliant solutions to massive problems of modernisation but this seems to me to have no relevance to the opera Wagner conceived. Ghastly!
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
YECH!- save your money folks March 25 2013
By Fair and balanced critic - Published on
Format: Blu-ray
Prior to purchasing I go to youtube to preview the various offerings for my chosen opera.
Check out the swimming pool sequence of Senta's "spinning wheel" scene. OMG ...such MERDE!
Save your money folks. Eurotrash to the max

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