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Wagner - Lohengrin

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Klaus Florian Vogt, Solveig Kringelborn, Hans-Peter Koenig, Waltraud Meier, TomFox, and Roman Trekei star in this De Nederlandse Opera production of the Wagner opera conducted by Kent Nagano. Extras include documentary by Reiner E.Moritz including intervi


" This one to thrill every lover of Lorhengrin:it is staged and performed with excitement and precision." -- John Yohalem

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  • Actors: Klaus Florian Vogt, Solveig Kringelborn, Waltraud Meier, Tom Fox, Roman Trekel
  • Directors: Nikolaus Lehnhoff
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Classical, Color, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: German (DTS 5.1), German (PCM Stereo)
  • Subtitles: German, English, French, Spanish, Italian
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Opus Arte
  • DVD Release Date: January 30, 2007
  • Run Time: 279 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000J0ZPNS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #195,791 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Alfonso G. Uribe on April 16, 2007
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After owing the set for a while, I finally sat down to watch it, and it did not disappoint me. I was not very much attracted to it since I am not fond of Lehnhoff's productions: his Ring Cycle from Munich was largely idiotic, and his Parsifal of Baden-Baden (and also Chicago and Barcelona)where, by trying to remove any traces of religious myths, he ended up removing any purpose of action in the entire opera. This Lehengrin, however, was an altogether enjoying experience. Lehnhoff tried to concentrate on the essential elements of the opera like patriotism, trust, honor, loyalty, revenge, and removed the non-essential ones like religion, pageantry, magic, and in this case he was successful ((I think that he also thought that love was a non-essential element, and tried to eliminate it altogether in the third act). The simplicity of the staging is marvelous, and it helped in making all the singers act believably.

The singing is of high quality: In the title part Klaus Forian Vogt does not have the typical timbre that one expects from a Wagnerian tenor. His voice is the one that one would expect to find in Lucia di Lammermoor, or Traviata, but he uses it with so much intelligence, musicality, and care, and detail in his phrasing that one forgets the "wrong" sound (but whoever has listened to the live recording of this opera with Nicolai Gedda as Lohengrin, will have to accept that if the tenor has stamina and still has a good healthy voice at the end of the opera, then it is alright to be a lyric tenor and sing this part).

The consensus is that Solveig Kringelborn was not good as Elsa. I think I haven to disagree with that consensus: there may not be cream in her voice like with Grümmer, but the tone is pleasant and the intonation is accurate.
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38 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Archie (Ottawa Canada) on February 13, 2007
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Wagner would very pleased with this production were he alive to see it. This is a true gesamtkunstwerk -- The singers can really act, or should it be the actors can really sing -- and they all look their parts. The spare staging, which is always appropriate and evocative also allows one to concentrate on the thrilling music. The whole directorial concept hangs together right from the opening with an alone Elsa on the stage to the very end with Elsa dead and all in apparent chaos. This is not a fairy tale -- this is a dark interpersonal psychological drama, and kudos should go out to the editor who has put in many appropriate reaction shots to highlight the action. Even the chorus is deeply into this production.

Solveig Kringelborn IS Elsa and I cannot praise her performance highly enough. In this production she is the pivot around whom all revolves and she is rarely offstage. Her angelic beauty radiates her innocence and purity. The range of emotions she projects vocally and through her body language is quite remarkable. Her sweet clear voice, so unlike, for example that of Eva Marton's Elsa, projects well and runs the gamut from almost otherworldly to deep despair. Not to take anything away from the rest of her performance, what she does in the final act is a tour de force as she moves from hesitancy to increasing insistance and perhaps strength to demanding an answer to the forbidden question. Watching this is to be carried away with the horror because we know where it will all end and we want to cry out, "Don't do it, Elsa!". Her bereavement in the final scene must bring a tear or three to the eye.

Waltraud Meier -- what can one say about her that has not already been said so often? Her dark beauty and rich mezzo voice are a splendid contrast to those of Ms.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By I. Martinez-Ybor VINE VOICE on July 15, 2007
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Just as I am ready to dismiss and turn off this Lohengrin, I find something to like in it, so I keep watching (and hearing) and remain attentive to the performance. So, I guess at some level, it is effective.

I like the sets, massive but simple(Act II is quite striking). Costumes are dreadful (Lohengrin's are particularly ghastly, and the silver paint evidently rubs off, as one can see on DVD; Ortrud's however are glorious in a kitschy witch-madam sort of way, reminiscent of the Powell-Pressburger Tales of Hoffman). Texts for the many choruses do not lend themselves to the rather pedestrian contemporary clothes the poor choristers are called upon to wear; they look straight out of a Sear's catalogue. If not "period" or "timeless", a less literal "contemporary" look would have seemed preferable. The production's conceit centering the opera in Elsa's mind is no more than that, and is neither original nor offensive.

But ultimately, the important stuff is the musical realization of Lohengrin, arguably Wagner's most melodious score and, direct descendant of Weber's Freischutz, the zenith of German romantic opera. Here is where this performance really wants but, again, does not offend. I've never found Nagano an eloquent conductor (he has other virtues), and, with Wagner, he does not use the story-telling, dramatic devices built into the orchestral score. The great Wagner conductors I can immediately think of, say Furtwangler, Knappertsbusch, Karajan, Kempe, currently Levine, all realize and convey drama in and from the pit. Lohengrin lacks the contrapuntal glories of Meistersinger, the chromaticism of Tristan, the leit-motifs and rhythmic variety of the Ring, the unique musical language and sound-world of Parsifal.
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