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Mozart: Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail [Blu-ray] (2009)

Laura Aikin , Kurt Rydl , Johan Simons , Misjel Vermeiren  |  NR |  Blu-ray
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Laura Aikin, Kurt Rydl, Mojca Erdmann, Michael Smallwood, Constantinos Carydis
  • Directors: Johan Simons, Misjel Vermeiren
  • Writers: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Producers: De Nederlandse Opera, Ferenc van Damme
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Classical, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: German (Dolby TrueHD 2.0), German (Dolby TrueHD 5.0)
  • Subtitles: Dutch, English, French, Italian, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Opus Arte
  • DVD Release Date: February 24, 2009
  • Run Time: 214 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001K4E81C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #245,750 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

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Athenian wonder boy Constantinos Carydis has everything
you could want from a Mozart conductor, combining manic
energy with perfectionism and a profound sense of lyrical
beauty. --Bloomberg News

Product Description

Johan Simons' feisty production of Die Entführung aus dem Serail is an
intelligently innovative account of Mozart s 1782 comic tale of
abduction, love, loyalty and forgiveness. Kurt Rydl's Osmin is hilarious,
with just the right edge of latent thuggery; Mojca Erdmann's smart and
cheeky Blonde sports a red riding coat, high latex boots and a belt that
she is not afraid to use on the men! Laura Aikin s Konstanze, torn
between true love and obligation, reveals a vast range of human
emotions and Edgaras Montvidas' Belmonte portrays his coming-of-age
with clarity and genuine charisma. The performance is whipped up to a
feverish pitch in the pit by Constantinos Carydis, the orchestra and
chorus responding with fleet virtuosity. This ground-breaking
performance delivers everything one could wish for from a Mozart
opera, combining thrilling energy with a profound sense of lyrical
beauty and truth.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
This is a difficult production to review.
First up the positives - Excellent singing and acting, especially Kurt Rydl singing the role of Osmin and a very good looking Mojca Erdmann as Blonde. Great orchestral playing with some very tuneful items - it IS an attractive opera.
BUT this is a compilation of 3 performances and the echo of singing and dialog in parts is puzzling and most distracting often putting the balance between soloists and orchestra completely out of whack. It is almost as if performed to an emty theatre but this is not the case.
And the costuming is weird with Osmin and the chorus in old style Turkish garb yet Bassa has mostly modern rather than turkish harem costuming, Blonde wears a mini skirt and the other Westerners appear in modern dress. More confusion in the sets with an shiny aluminium ladder appearing + a lovely modern leather reclining sofa set!!!
And the staging in the final act has me baffled. The role of the guard in T shirt and jeans is incongruous as is the symbolism of the collapsing scenery, possibly signifying how the Bassa has an 180 turn around in attitude?
An effort has been made to interpret this opera differently as is described in the interesting booklet which comes with the disc. There is discussion about how the affections of Konstanze could be in conflict, this putting a more serious aspect to the opera which in some productions can degenerate into farce.
So I'm really not sure whether or not to recommend this disc as it is such a mixed bag. It has a lot going for it and on the basis of the music is very successful but the staging and costuming + the variable mic capture of some solo singing and dialog can be distracting. No doubt more Blu Ray releases of this popular opera will be forthcoming and it will be interesting to see how they compare.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Essential Mozart Production January 28, 2010
This is a worthy purchase for any opera fan because of the overall quality of the production: both in the music and the stage direction. It is essential, though, for Mozart fans and, in particular, fans of Abduction because it significantly adds to our cultural understanding of the opera. It is the first production I have seen that doesn't treat Abduction like a farce. The scenery changes dramatically over the course of the opera as we begin to realize that we are not looking at a clash between European and "Turkish" cultures, but an internal struggle between opposing forces in European culture. By the end of the opera, the last of the "Turkish" scenery has toppled over, and we see men and women in modern European clothing on a black stage. It's a very moving production that, to understand fully, requires some knowledge of the reasons Mozart's rescue opera is problematic. In any case, Mojca Erdmann is smoking hot in this production. She alone makes this worth at least renting on Netflix.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not perfect, but acceptable audio January 31, 2013
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I have over 150 classical DVD/BRs that I watch on a 106" screen and listen through a 7.1 loudspeaker setup where the front speakers are about 9' 6" apart and the surround speakers are on my sides. The room has sound treatments so I hear what's on the disc, not distorting reflections from the walls. My reviews concentrate on the surround audio, as you can pretty much judge the video and stereo for yourself on youtube and similar sites.

Picture is fine, as is with most blu-rays.

Audio is Dolby TrueHD 5.0 and quite good. The sound stage extents to about two/thirds to the surround speakers and the orchestra is well recorded. Voices are clear, (the benefit of body mics, which are in plain sight), but are a tad too loud relative to the orchestra. The chorus is also too loud relative to the rest, but there is not much chorus to begin with (only track 10 and it is about 4-5 dbs louder). The voices come only through the center, no movement with the principals. Applause is from the front and sides. Overall, you have the impression of sitting in row 4.

Other people have described the somewhat modern direction, but I am willing to overlook a lot of folly as long as the sound is good, which is quite o. k. here. I often close my eyes anyway and concentrate on the sound rather than the video.

If the voices would move with the principals and the balance between orchestra and the principals would be a bit better, I would give 5 stars for the audio, so only four stars.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Spoilt by stodgy direction March 15, 2012
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The high comedy opportunities in this opera are given to Osmin and Blonde and they get most of the belly laugh opportunities in any production. This opera is often played buffo style with lots of slapstick or more seriously as is done here. Kurt Rydl is an experienced Osmin and is always as superb as the staging will allow. Mojca Erdmann as Blonde is new to me but what a find - absolutely stunning! This dosc is almost worth it just for her.

However I have mixed feelings about this release. The usual Opus Arte attention to technical quality results in a very good transfer with excellent sound. The production however is another matter. This performance is some 35 minutes longer than usual and this is attributable to a very full selection of dialogue. The performance attempts to present the opera in a more serious style and much of the buffo element is weakened, particularly as far as Osmin is concerned. This can be better understood if one has access to the Mehta recording from Florence where Rydl lets rip or the Talvela performance with Böhm. Of course both these performances have much lower video quality and the rest of those casts are not generally as good as this disc. I miss their buffo humour however and found the lengthy extra dialogue a bit too much. This slowed down the music considerably. Another "problem" for me was the sets and costumes which were a mixed bag of dinner and other suits, rather poor attempts at being a bit Turkish here and there and sets that irritated more than I expected. There are many reflective chains that dazzle in a distracting way, (look at the cover picture), and a huge heavy red curtain at the opening that is not easy on the eye. All in all I found both sets and costumes very disappointing with little flavour for the exotic Turkish element.
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