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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: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006NO1SVM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,662 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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Very good cast and orchestra.
oscar reyes retana m
The dialogue has been cut and in the the case of Swenson who virtually has only a few lines, doubtless because of her lack of expertise with the language.
One of Mozart's greatest operas a joy to listen and watch!
Harry Gleason

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Keris Nine TOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 15, 2012
Format: Blu-ray
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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By DDD VINE VOICE on March 26, 2012
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This most recent taping of Mozart's Die Entfurung aus dem Serail is radically different from all previous investitures. The director, Christof Loy, has opted to include all the dialogue that in all previous recordings has been trimmed-- in varying degrees. Further he has directed his actors to speak in a more conversational level with pauses--as if were a play. Considering that his audience is Spanish..........

Additionally conductor, Ivor Bolton, has adopted tempi that are slower than usual. What this performance has that previous editions have lacked is a Konstanze who is truly up to the vocal and dramatic task, a very difficult one. It should be added that all the singers in this production are able to meet the challenges. Blonde needs a high Eflat in her arsenal; Belmonte needs agility (Ich baue ganze) and a sweetness and lyricism but enough metal in his voice to differentiate him from Pedrillo who shares similar requirements. Konstanze, though is faced with the greatest challenges. In Act I she has only one aria, but in Act II she has two: Traurigkeit followed by Matern aller Arten. Taken together the two arias ask everything of the soprano: agility, dramatic thrust, pathos, lyricism, and artistry. Damrau manages it as if it were the easiest thing in the world. Considering that her two most recent CD releases are devoted to lieder, she is clearly a contender for the title of leading German soprano and this is not even taking into consideration her facility with the Italian repertoire--notably a recent triumph at the Met in L'elisir. Christoph Strehl, the Belmonte is an accomplished musician as well, managing the inordinate difficulties of his arias. The other singer occupying this high level of accommplishment is Franz-Josef Selig, our Osmin.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Abert TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 11, 2012
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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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