R. P Winthrop

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Wagner-Die Walkure <b>DVD</b> ~ Hildegard Behrens
Wagner-Die Walkure DVD ~ Hildegard Behrens
The traditional staging makes it much easier to understand Wagner's intentions for the opera than the Broulez version. Norman and Lakes are improbable twins, but they can sing. I have the Broulez version and much prefer this version. The Met staging isn't spectacular, but it doesn't get in the way either. The opera moves at a stately pace, but I'm not sure Wager is the man for you if you like short and perky operas.
The Met orchestra plays beautifully throughout.
Verdi Attila <b>DVD</b> ~ Samuel Ramey
Verdi Attila DVD ~ Samuel Ramey
Ramey makes the whole thing work. His voice and ability to dominate the stage make this production work. Atilla is not a great opera, but when well performed, as it is here, it's enjoyable and impressive.
Tannhauser (Full Screen) [Import] <b>DVD</b> ~ René Kollo
The music is wonderful. Singers range from exceptional, Meier and Weikl, to very good, Kollo and Secunde. That part of the opera is fine. The production suffers from an acute outbreak of obscure meaningful symbolism. There is a guy in a wolf suit, a woman dressed as the Bride of Frankenstein, a [body part] here and there, lots of film noir camerawork with big shadows, and some things that look left over from Evita.
The visual impact is powerful, but to what end? Meier's Venus is worth the purchase of the DVD.