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Johann Strauss - Die Fledermaus / Popp, Gruberova, Fassbaender, Weikl, Berry, Hopferwieser, Kunz, Guschlbauer, Vienna Opera

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Lucia Popp, Edita Gruberova, Brigitte Fassbaender, Bernd Weikl, and Walter Berry star in this 1980 Vienna State Opera production of Johann Strauss' operetta conducted by Theodor Guschibauer.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Lucia Popp, Edita Gruberova, Brigitte Fassbaender, Theodor Guschlbauer, Bernd Weikl
  • Format: DTS Surround Sound, Color, NTSC
  • 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: Alliance
  • DVD Release Date: February 22, 2005
  • Run Time: 169 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006U6Q70
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #162,913 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Mr John Haueisen VINE VOICE on April 23, 2005
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Why is this a great Fledermaus?

Here's why:

The Vienna State Opera does a quality job including:

Edita Gruberova's Adele--her singing and acting are incomparable here--she's totally "on" and constantly involved in the action--the consummate chambermaid-turned-belle of the ball.

Walter Berry, is a cute, lovable, frolicking Dr. Falke.

Helmut Lohner is the epitome of the jailer--a laid-back civil servant who is sincerely shocked that anyone would expect him to work. He adds some impressive footwork that will make him live on in your memory as the perfect Frosch.

Yes, of course the music was excellent, led by Theodor Guschlbauer, but I've saved the best for last:

A young Bernd Weikl dazzles with his singing, acting, and athleticism. During the waltzes, when he isn't carrying two ladies on his shoulders, he's doing a sort of walrus-trot that adds to the "devil-may-care" hilarious atmosphere of this wonderful party. This is a delightful Viennese party you'll watch again and again. Enjoy it with friends!
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful By J Scott Morrison HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 11, 2005
This 'Fledermaus' from a 1980 production at the Vienna State Opera, originally shown on Austrian television, has much to recommend it but it also has some major drawbacks, about which more later.

The cast of singers is drawn from the VSO's regulars--Bernd Weikl as Eisenstein, Lucia Popp as Rosalinde, Brigitte Fassbaender as Prince Orlovsky, Walter Berry as Falke, Edita Gruberova as Adele--and is conducted with rhythmic point and echt-Viennese style by Theodor Guschlbauer conducting the VSO orchestra (known outside the opera house as the Vienna Philharmonic, and you can't do much better than that). It also has extraordinarily funny actors in Act III in Helmut Lohner as the jailer Frosch--his droll vocal delivery, rubber legs and startlingly athletic physical comedy are side-splitting--and baritone Erich Kunz, a VSO veteran still in very fine voice, as the Jail Warden Frank--his physical comedy, although not as spry, is equally hilarious. Credit for a lot of the comedic bits must go to director Otto Schenk.

And the singing is as good as one would expect; these are first class voices. Especially good are Fassbaender, Berry and Weikl. Lucia Popp has a beautiful voice, and certainly looks the part, but she had already developed a habit that later became more intrusive--a tendency to swell all long notes unmusically. Edita Gruberova, never my favorite coloratura, is pert but sometimes approximate in her two big numbers. The ballet at the end of Act II (set to Strauss's 'Thunder and Lightning Polka') is exhilarating. The sets by Günther Schneider-Siemsen and costumes by Milena Cananero are sumptuous.

Finally, a word must be said about the acting of the cast in general.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Dr. F. Mark Carter on January 2, 2007
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No one puts a foot wrong here! This performance is delicious from start to finish. The sets are opulent. The orchestral playing every bit what one would expect from the Vienna. The standard of acting is astonishing. This is a New year's farce. To bring off a farce requires acting of the highest order. This is the case here, and this performance is very funny.

The singing is magnificent. I hate to single one performer out, but Lucia Popp presents such a delectable sound, that it is just captivating. It was such a tragedy she died so young.

Even though the performance is 1980, and the recording two channel PCM stereo, it is the best sound I have yet heard on an Opera DVD. The balance is pretty well perfect. The voices have a lot of space around them. The ambiance of the opera house is well captured. The bass is deep and well detailed. The reason I think, is that I there are no microphones in evidence in the orchestra pit. I suspect that this performance was recorded with a sensibly distant microphone placement, resulting in the excellent balance and capturing the ambiance of the house.

This DVD is highly recommended. It is pure fun and delight from start to finish.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Richard Dengrove on February 16, 2008
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What can I say? I enjoyed this more than the Covent Garden Die Fledermaus. John Mortimer was trying to make sense of the convoluted plot. It's virtue is that it makes no sense at all; that it is whimsical, capricious and you don't have to think at all. Someone complained that the singing was great but not the acting. I can't see that. I found the acting was perfectly serviceable. Nonetheless, there was something to offend people. It contains a scene of drunk humor. The master of the jail and his assistant do funny things while supposedly drunk on Slivovitz. This version dates to the '80s before such scenes were censored. Still, while others might be offended, I wasn't. In fact, I found it the perfect way to while away a New Years eve.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth C. Clark on January 11, 2007
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This delightful Die Fledermaus is by far the most outstanding production currently available. The extraordinary cast never disappoints; their voices are superb, and their joy of performance is evident throughout the opera. Equally pleasing is the excellent technical quality of the DVD.
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