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Die Entfuehrung Aus Dem Serail [Blu-ray] (2012)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Classical, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: German (DTS-HD 5.1), German (PCM Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Catalan, Chinese, Korean
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: C Major Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 28, 2012
  • Run Time: 188 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006NO1SVM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #223,161 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Diana Damrau, Olga Peretyatko, Christoph Strehl, Norbert Ernst, Franz-Josef Selig, and Christoph Quest star in this Gran Teatre del Liceu production of the Mozart opera conducted by Christof Loy and directed by Ivor Bolton.

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary version of an underrated Mozart opera February 15, 2012
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There's an in-built difficulty in Mozart's earliest 'mature' comic opera that every modern opera stage director must consider a challenge - the long passages of unaccompanied spoken dialogue and recitative that are scattered throughout. Yes, the actual drama of Die Entführung Aus Dem Serail is a bit silly too and the libretto isn't the most sophisticated, but even if you manage to make the plot work dramatically (having good singers can help gloss over the inconsistencies which is certainly the case here), you're still left with those lulls between Mozart's beautiful musical passages that can potentially kill the opera dead in its tracks. This production by Christof Loy at the Liceu in Barcelona, aided and abetted by an outstanding cast and an exhilarating performance of the score from the Liceu orchestra under Ivor Bolton, crucially takes account of those weaknesses, and if the result is still not entirely convincing, it's nonetheless still one of the best versions of this Mozart opera that you're ever likely to come across.

Traditionally, the way of handling the spoken dialogue in Die Entführung Aus Dem Serail is to heavily trim it and get it out of the way as quickly as possible so as to move on to the music, but such an approach fails to adequately take into account the fact that the main dramatic drive of the opera actually lies in between the musical numbers and arias. In some respects, it could be argued that the spoken passages are equally as important as the arias, if not even more so in this particular case since Mozart's music for Die Entführung Aus Dem Serail is not the most lyrically attuned to the emotional content. Christof Loy attempts to address the vacuity of the arias and the dead-space of the dialogue by getting the singers to act properly.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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There was a 2004 German production of this difficult to stage singspiel:
Konstanze - Diana Damrau
Blonde - Kerstin Avemo
Belmonte - Daniel Kirch
Pedrill - Peter Marsh
Osmin - Jaco Huijpen
Bassa Selim - Christoph Quest
With the exception of Damrau and Quest, the other protagonists are all new in this 2010 Liceu production. Belmonte was Christoph Strehl, and Blonde of Olga Pereyatko, Pedrillo of Norbet Ernst and with Franz Josef Selig as Osmin.
The character of Bassa Selim is a speaking role without singing, and Quest and Damrau acted with impeccable skill, while Damrau tackles the fiendishly demanding arias of konstanze at the same time.
The 2004 performance was on Youtube for some years already, and I first caught glimpse of Damrau's performance of the extended version 'Marten aller Arten' on Youtube and was totally bowed over by her superlative performance then. I got the DVD right away in order not to miss such 'great stuff'.
In this reprisal after 6 years, I am even happier to see that Damrau has in effect outdid herself in this Liceu performance.
Her voice gained more colour and warmth after the birth of her first son, and her breath control in this Liceu performance is simply perfection itself in the various big arias of Konstanze.
Her 'supporting cast' of Ernst, Selig and Pereyatko are equally illustrious. Pereyatko's colourful lyrical soprano is a real treat to the ears, and shr acts well, with a very fine stage presence. Norbert Ernst as Pedrillo is also a clever choice, being marked different in statute with Strehl's Belmonte so as not to confuse the two lyrical tenor roles' places in this opera.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most compelling July 18, 2013
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We laugh, we cry. As in Mozart's other great singspiel, Die Zauberflote, here we have broad, popular comedy next to great high-mindedness. It is overwhelming when it is as well done as it is here. Die Entfuhrung as dem Serail has not been very lucky on video - until now.

First, director Christof Loy's decision to employ the full spoken dialogue adds greatly to the work's stature. Mozart's dialogue, as in Zauberflote, and in the recitatives in Cosi, Figaro and Don Giovanni, in many ways forms the psychological insight and soul of these works. They are usually drastically cut in Entfuhrung (Minkowski's version on Bel Air is about one hour shorter than this!). The opera is noticeably longer here than I've ever heard it before, but all the richer and more concentrated, ironically, for the far fuller development of the psychological motives and emotions of the characters.

We understand far more than usual who these people are, what makes them tick, than is customary with the severe pruning the dialogue almost always receives. The comedy is still there but it is less vaudeville and more ironic than is customary. At times, the great seriousness of this performance almost makes the comedy seem from another work. The greater contrast than usual between these two elements reveals a richer, deeper experience in this work than I've ever seen before.

Loy and his outstanding singer/actors convey this seriousness with such commitment and conviction as to seemingly make this a new work. In other performances on DVD, it seems either too silly and insignificant, some singer or two is a weak link or the work just does not add up. Until now, I thought Mehta's Florence performance on TDK was the best I've seen. This supersedes it.
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