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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: German (DTS 5.1 Surround), German (PCM Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Korean, Japanese
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Electric Picture
  • DVD Release Date: October 30, 2012
  • Run Time: 153 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00925T8X4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #475,620 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Arabella is the las bcbct collaboration between Strauss and Hugo von Hofmannsthal. It charts the twists and turns of sisters Arabella and Zdenka in finding true love. Directed by Sven-Eric Bechtolf this magnificent production stars Emily Magee as Arabella and Tomasz Konieczny as Mandryka. Franz Welser-M+Ýst directs The Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera.

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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Linze on December 17, 2012
Format: DVD
Sven-Eric Bechtolf's production of Richard Strauss' Arabella is set in 1930s Vienna rather than the original 1860s. However, the story transfers well to this time period as familial pressure with regards to the duty of a girl to marry well for her family is still very much in place despite the changing views and values of society in general.

The three stage sets - bedroom, ballroom and hotel lobby, are simple and effective - proving that you don't need to have massively complicated or overly expensive sets to produce a good opera. What is of importance is the quality of the performers and in this production, filmed at the Vienna State Opera, all the artists are of the finest quality both in their singing and in their acting abilities. Although I found the singing of the beginning of Act 1 a little stentorian this is perhaps a reflection of the powerful emotions being played out.

Emily Magee (an American soprano) makes a believable Arabella, torn between duty and wanting to marry the `right' man for love. Her vocal performance was solid and skilful. Tomasz Konieczny is also well cast as Mandryka, giving an excellent rendition of a man who has fallen in love, yet who cannot quite trust in Arabella's promise to him. Zoryana Kushpler, Genia Kühmeier, Wolfgang Bankl, Michael Schade and Daniela Fally all give high-quality performances of their characters. Conductor, Franz Welser-Möst, and the Orcherstra of the Vienna State Opera, execute Strauss's music with assurance and great finesse.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Larry J. Victor on March 3, 2013
Format: DVD
Almost certainly the same production I saw in Berlin several years ago, a production I found so distasteful that I left before the first act ended. This is one of those awful stagings that make you wonder why it was "modernized". What was to be gained? Strauss" music is lush and lyrical; it cries out for a staging that reflects those qualities, not destroys them. So why was the opera so brutally gutted? To create controversy? To serve the hubris of those responsible? Or was it simply that a threadbare production is cheaper to stage than one calling for beautiful period costumes and settings. Whatever the reason, avoid this version and get the Te Kanawa or Ashley Putnam performances.
Better singing, too...much better.
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