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Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen

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Ring Des Nibelungen (Der) / Wagner'S Dream (8 Dvd)


The most famous, the most performed, the most thrilling, and the most recorded opera cycle in music history. A unique and exclusive package, on multi-Blu-Ray set, of the most successful Ring Cycle production of the 21th century. Filmed at the world-famous Metropolitan Opera House in New York, in high definition the award winning Robert Lepage production. Featuring Bryn Terfel as Wotan universally recognized as the finest Bass-Baritone and Wotan of his generation. Also starring Deborah Voigt as Brunnhilde, and Star Tenor Jonas Kaufmann as Siegmund. The ultimate product to launch Universal Classics significant and substantial celebration of the Wagner Anniversary Year (1813 to 2013). This award-winning and ground-breaking production has been seen by over 150,000 people at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, and subsequently by a remarkable 800,000 people in cinemas and movie-theatres around the globe. Screenings have taken place in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Spain, Switzerland, The UK and the US. Features some of the most remarkable and memorable music of all time including The Ride of the Valkyries and Siegfrieds Funeral March, as heard in countless Hollywood blockbusters and global TV commercials over the last forty years. This is The Lord Of the Rings of the classical music world action-packed, a unique story steeped in mystery, intrigue, death, heart-break and heroism. To coincide with this release, we are planning a 2 CD set and download Ring-Hits-package featuring of course the stars of this production: Bryn Terfel, Deborah Voigt and Jonas Kaufmann.

Product Details

  • Actors: The Metropolitan Opera
  • Producers: Robert Lepage
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Classical, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (DTS 5.1), English (PCM Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, German
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 8
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Deutsche Grammophon
  • DVD Release Date: September 11, 2012
  • Run Time: 1111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008ER9QKG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,276 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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260 of 276 people found the following review helpful By DarwenM on August 13, 2012
Format: Blu-ray
This Robert Lepage Ring IS a controversial production. I saw all four operas live at the Met and also in the simulcasts, which make up the DVD/Blu-ray sets. It's true that some aspects of the 'Machine' work better than others. It's also true that many are visually extraordinary---the Rhine Maidens, the descent into Nibelheim, the forest scene in Siegfried with the virtual bird, the immolation scene. The advantage of these discs is that none of the problems are included---the falls, delays or groans of the set as it changed position. The disadvantage is that aspects improved upon after the simulcasts can't be included such as the changes in visual projections and staging.

That being said, Opera really is all about the singing, and for its new Ring, the Met assembled a world-class cast of singers who are also good actors, essential for simulcasts. Bryn Terfel is a commanding Wotan in Das Rheingold, a young but troubled god whose world is beginning to spin out of control through his own machinations. He is well-matched by Stephanie Blythe as Fricka and Eric Owen in a real star-turn as Alberich.

Much time passes before Die Walkure takes place, a long but intimate opera. The Valkyries, Fricka and Hunding appear in crucial but brief scenes, but it is left to those singing the roles of Wotan, Brunnhilde, Siegmund and Sieglinde to carry the opera. This is an opera about love, the unraveling marriage of Wotan and Fricka, the incestuous love of Sieglinde and Siegmund and the deep and problematic love of Wotan for his mortal son and immortal daughter. Jonas Kaufmann and Eva-Maria Westbroek not only sing with great passion as the twins, they actually look like young lovers, something not always the case in opera.
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66 of 71 people found the following review helpful By Edmund Zebrowski VINE VOICE on September 10, 2012
Format: Blu-ray
This year was going to be the year I learned to like opera. So my husband and I took to going to see the HD Met at our local theater. The first thing we saw... Das Rheingold, and we loved it. It did help to do a fair amount or reading first on the show to understand what Wagner was doing when it comes to the score so we both read some short essays on The Ring. I know this production really divided opera fans and critics as one that knows nothing about opera I loved it. Maybe in years time as I grow to understand things that may change but there are moments of such beauty in this piece that there will always be something that brings me back to this production. I have now watched 4 different productions of the Ring Cycle on DVD and still love moments in this more then the other ones. The opening of Das Rheingold is just perfect to me and the most convincing staging of the mermaid sequence, as well as the decent to the dwarves and the crossing of the rainbow bridge are all stunning moments. The whole of the first act of Die Walkure is charged with sexual energy in a way like no other production available on DVD right now, and Act 3 is awesome from the first moment of famous Ride to the ring of fire at the end. In Sigfried "The Machine" does get more use and has various backgrounds and levels as to make it more interesting but the stand out in this piece are the performances....sigh... In the final part Twilight of the Gods I do agree that things get a little flat for a while, but that is something I have noticed in several of the productions I have watched. I don't know if there really is a way to sustain a tension and energy over 5 hours of anything.Read more ›
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131 of 147 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin M. Winkler on August 15, 2012
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This cycle was not perfect. I would like to preface my review saying that, yes, this Ring cycle has flaws. Yet, it is a bold step into the future. The Met's new Ring Cycle has been incredibly controversial and there is some reasoning behind that. Many do not like the use of the "Machine" and feel that the set and blocking detract from rather than add to Wagner's epic. I disagree with these statements. For the vast majority of the Cycle, the machine is stationary. It transforms mostly (though not entirely) in the scene changes, where the orchestra does a nice job of hiding some of the mechanical noises. These scene changes often help to develop the story. I will point to the first scene change in Das Rheingold as an example. While the Otto Schenk production (the previous Met version) uses a veil of smoke to make the transition from the Rhein to Valhalla, the Lepage cycle is able to change and develop with the music and eventually comes to the Valhalla formation. I loved the boldness of this production and I feel that it adds a level of grandeur to the cycle. It is also incredibly important to note that this ring cycle is set, as Wagner intended, in the World of Wagner's creation. No attempt is made to change the story to fit a different setting as many companies have done lately. This is to the Met's credit, and this alone is deserving of my recommendation of this DVD.

Secondly, the music. This is, of course, the most important element, and it is here that some of my complaints with this cycle lie. Granted that this is a live recording and that there is no such thing as a perfect ring cycle, I try to be generous, but I will still voice some of my concerns. Bryn Terfel plays the god Wotan.
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