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Johann Strauss - Die Fledermaus / Domingo, Te Kanawa, Prey, Royal Opera Covent Garden (1984)

Kiri Te Kanawa , Hermann Prey , Humphrey Burton  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kiri Te Kanawa, Hermann Prey, Dennis O'Neill, Hildegard Heichele, Paul Crook
  • Directors: Humphrey Burton
  • Writers: Carl Haffner, Richard Genée
  • Producers: John Vernon, Robin Scott
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, German, Japanese
  • 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: Warner Music Group Germany
  • DVD Release Date: October 14, 2003
  • Run Time: 176 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008DDRJ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,990 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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  • In German with optional English, German, Spanish, or Japanese subtitles

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In this performance of Die Fledermaus an international array of talent combines to perform one of Covent Garden's most glittering productions. Featuring Kiri Te Kanawa.

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88 of 95 people found the following review helpful
Format:VHS Tape
Althrought the guest lineup (Charles Aznavour, Dr. Evadne Hinge & Dame Hilda Brackett, Merle Park and Wayne Eagling) is no match to the 1990 Gala (Which have Pavarotti, Marilyn Horne and Dame Joan Sutherland in her last performance ever), this video of the 1984 New Year's Eve Gala have a great cast (Headed by Dame Kiri), and a fun conductor (YES! THAT IS THE PLACIDO DOMINGO!), and great fun from start to finish (And, WHAT A FINISH THEY GOT!). Althrought I didn't like the look of Doris Soffel's Orlofsky, I do enjoy Josef Meinard's Frosch a lot (You ought to see the interplay between him & Domingo). Hermann Prey & Benjamin Luxon is pretty good, and Dame Kiri? She's Yummy throughout, with her best fun comes at the finale and curtain call! And, Domingo? Wonderful at the podium, as he does on stage!
All in all, one of the best Fledermaus Gala videos ever!
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS BAT CAN FLY! January 31, 2004
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
These comments refer to the performance of Strauss' Die Fledermaus done by the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, conducted by Placido Domingo, starring Kiri Te Kanawa and Hermann Prey as the Eisensteins. (sung mostly in German, with subtitles in English, German, Spanish, and Japanese.)
This performance is a good introduction to Strauss' Fledermaus because Dr. Falke explains to Prince Orlofsky IN ENGLISH! the plot of his complicated prank on his old friend Gabriel Eisenstein.
As if the cast of excellent singers and the beautiful costuming were not enough, Prince Orlofsky's celebrity guests make this an evening to remember. In addition to an appearance by French crooner, Charles Aznavour, there is a ballet vignette with such superb dancing that it will leave breathless even those (like me!) who usually eschew ballet--it's dazzling!
Recorded in 1984, this is a New Year's Eve performance that you'll want to enjoy again and again with family and friends.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
Johan Strauss II didn't get his reputation as Vienna's Waltz King for sitting around eating strudel mit shlag. He wrote glorious melodies...waltzes, polkas, mazurkas...that set people to dancing and smiling. His music still does.

Die Fledermaus is a Viennese fable of lechery, love, revenge and romance, of beautiful wives, juicy maids, amorous husbands, clever friends, a mysterious count and a drunken jailer, of white tie and tails, beautiful gowns, a gold watch and lots of champagne. Most of all, it is a light-hearted and mischievous story that features some of Strauss' most romantic and bubbling music which just washes over the audience. The story is too comically complicated to go into. Just remember that it's all about a bit of revenge for a practical joke played by one friend on another a year earlier. In Act One we're at the home of Gabriel von Eisenstein (Herman Prey), who is about to spend eight days in jail for an indiscretion. But his good friend, Dr. Falke (Benjamin Luxon), convinces him to delay the trip to the jail until the next day, so that the two can go to a magnificent dinner party, without telling Eisenstein's beautiful wife, Rosalinda (Kiri Te Kanawa), held by the mysterious Russian nobleman, Count Orlofsky (Doris Soffel). Ah, but then the plot thickens. Through clever stratagems, invitations have also secretly arrived for Rosalinda, who is to go in disguise so she can see for herself her husband's amorous ways, and for Roslinda's maid, Adele (Hildegard Heichele). All that follows is a story of mistaken identities, beautiful songs and, eventually, happy endings.

What makes this particular production at Britain's Royal Opera House so effective is that it's not only sung superbly, it's not only sumptuously mounted, but it's funny.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Once at least I have sung with Placido Domingo!" January 10, 2006
Johann Strauss' Die Fledermaus live from covent Garden is a wonderful New Years Celebration performance with Kiri Te Kanawa, Hildegarde Heichele, Hermann Prey(you looking for "leb wohl, du kuhnes, herrliches kind?" you'll laugh), Benjamin Luxon(la la "mit mir", la la "mit mir" keine nacht dir zu lang"), and Placido Domingo conducting. We have extras in the second act, including a song Charles Aznavour sings called "She". Trust me, you'll love that moment. Herr Frank and Eisenstein say "bon chance! Vive la France" later on in that act. You'll be cracking up during Act 3 with Josef Meinrad as Frosch with his "ruhe! quiet!" He really does sound drunk. Frosch later on sings "Die Olga und die Ida" to the tune of the famous aria "Celeste Aida". Right after the first stanza, Frosch pretty much gives out an explosion of laughter saying "At least once I've sung with Placido Domingo". A highly reccommended Fledermaus. You won't be sorry when you spend your do.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vivo Domingo! Bravo Jailer, et omnia! December 23, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
As with everything with Placido Domingo's touch, this performance is superlative. Far from being distracting the language French, German, Italian, and English, and opera humor is hilarious. Josef Meinrad, as jailer Frosch, is worth the purchase alone. Guest appearance by Dame Hilda Bracket with Dr. Evadne Hinge was charming, and ballet duo Merle Park and Wayne Eagling absolutely lovely. All of which embellish a consistently excellent cast. Especially enjoyable were Hildegard Heichele's Adele, and Dennis O'Neill the tenor who wouldn't stop singing. The only disappointment was lack of spunk in Rosalinde's Hungarian song, which should be the showpiece of the operetta. You'll like it, especially if you're multi-lingual.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Die Fledermaus
We loved this performance!
First class singing and acting. Dazzling scenery and costumes. Very amusing.
Published 5 days ago by Jan Hall
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Just gorgeous!
Published 29 days ago by Roberta Ventura
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic performase of Die Fledermaus
Die Fledermaus is a really fun operetta.
With such a high class performers how could it not be the greatest. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Anna M Christensen
5.0 out of 5 stars Very, Very good
This DVD made me feel like I was in Vienna at the opera house again, great sound reproduction, color and overall presentation!
Published 5 months ago by larry a. johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT! LOVE IT! LOVE IT!
Enjoyed this very much. Especially with Domingo conducting and interacting with the jailer in act three. A very enjoyable
Published 6 months ago by Barbara Chisler
5.0 out of 5 stars ALL of these
These are souvenirs of my past time when yeye,gogo were not in our culture. Too bad!!!! Let it be,as the Beatles says.
Published 7 months ago by Josy M. Malebranche
5.0 out of 5 stars Die Fledermaus
This was a gift to my wife who loves it. She asked for this specific version and now she is a happy opera lover.
Published 8 months ago by Lynwood V. Prest
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
This performance is an absolute classic, a lot of fun, champagne and plenty of opera in-jokes. I make a point of watching it every New Years Eve.
Published 8 months ago by DCLady
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous
The casting was wonderful, the gowns, the sets just beautiful. It's always been one of my favorites...Loved seeing Placido too!
Published 8 months ago by Sharron Klopp
5.0 out of 5 stars Die Fledermaus by the Royal Opera 1984
I wore out my VHS tape. This is the perfect New Year's Eve celebration - a variety show at Prince Orlovsky's Ball, and a comedy part as the jailer. Like New Year's eve in Vienna! Read more
Published 11 months ago by Betsy
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