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Handel - Agrippina / Daniels, Kuebler, Hall, von Kannen, Ostman, Schwetzingen Opera Festival (2005)

Barbara Daniels , David Kuebler  |  NR |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Barbara Daniels, David Kuebler, Arnold Ostman, Janice Hall, Gunter von Kannen
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Euroarts
  • DVD Release Date: October 18, 2005
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000B6N5Z0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #390,438 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Handel - Agrippina / Daniels, Kuebler, Hall, von Kannen, Ostman, Schwetzingen Opera Festival" on IMDb

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Guenter von Kannen, Barbara Daniels, David Kuebler, Janice Hall, and Carlos Feller star in this Schwetzinger Festival performances of the Handel opera with Arnold Oestman conducting the London Baroque Players.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a Comedy in Spite of the Title September 17, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
This is a comedy with a ridiculous plot (modeled after Roman History). The music direction and orchestra are very good as you would expect of Ostmann and the Schwetzingen festival orchestra. The sound is good and the four principal singers are good to excellent. The music is good Handel. The plot is the machinations of Agrippina (Barbara Daniels) in order to put her son Nerone (David Kuebler) on the throne or as her husband's (Claudio, Gunther von Kannen) successor. At the same time, Poppea (Janice Hall) is learning from Agrippina and trying to become a major power behind the throne or empress by the methods of Agrippina. Poppea was a mistress of the miserable Ottone who is cut out of the succession during the action, and is juggling both Claudio and Nerone as lovers currently. The emperor Claudio is a bore with inflated ideas about his sexual attractiveness and generally not too bright. Agripinna is a hypocritical manipulator who pulls out all the stops a middle aged woman can to get her husband to do what she wants. Nerone is a silly self-centered kid who also isn't very smart and seems to be handled by his mother. All the same, he has a suitably sinister air when he isn't at the center of the action. Poppea is the brightest star of the group with really superb singing as an amoral courtesan who will do whatever it takes and be as hypocritical as she needs to be to get to her goals. The acting that conveys this is excellent in a broad comic way. Poppea's singing is outstanding and she is the one we want to here about. The remaining principals also sing well, especially Claudio who manages to sing accurately while carrying out the role as a bufoon. The only complaint I have about this production is the singing of Ottone who has several arias. His baritone is wobbly and terribly inaccurate. The only real remedy is to fast forward through these and realize it doesn't mar the action.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Probably the best of an ordinary bunch August 9, 2008
Format:DVD
While this 1985 performance by the Koln Opera at the Schwetzingen Opera Festival shares a few of the faults of its only other DVD competition, most notably in the transposition of roles, the direction by Michael Hampe is unobtrusively enjoyable and, as usual with his productions, boasts breathtakingly beautiful sets and costumes by Maruo Pagano. The orchestra and conductor are exemplary period performers and are a delight to listen to and while none of the rest of the cast can match Barbara Daniels' high level of dramatic and vocal delivery it is, by and large, a most enjoyable experience. I'd have been quite happy to sit through this performance in the theatre and, until a better recording comes along, will be content revisiting this DVD.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most Pleasing Handel February 7, 2009
Format:DVD
I've not seen the two competitive DVD's of this opera currently listed by Amazon so make no comparative judgments.
This is a fine production in every respect: song, scenery, acting, costumes. Not being purist in that regard, even were I to have found the director straying from the original, it would not bother me so long as the result is entertaining. This was quite entertaining with the humor delivered without blatant clowning and the arias sung engagingly and to good effect. Certainly one is able to grasp each of the central characters and take pleasure in their devious maneuvering to obtain their objectives. If you are the average viewer, I am confident that you will be gratified by this offering.
And, oh that Handel music!
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