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Wagner: Das Rheingold / Gran Teatre del Liceu

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In the prologue to Wagner's giant masterpiece, Der Ring des Nibelungen, the beginnings of an epic journey unfold when Alberich seizes the ring of gold, its awesome power unleashing an unstoppable story of deceit, destruction, death and transfiguring love. Filmed at Barcelona's Gran Teatre del Liceu in 2004, Harry Kupfer's stunning production, first staged in Berlin, numbers among the greatest productions of modern times and is recorded in sumptuous surround sound.

Sung in German, with English, French, German, Spanish, Catalan and Italian subtitles

Stage Director Harry Kupfer
Set Design Hans Schavernoch
Costume Design Reinhard Heinrich
Lighting Franz Peter David

Wotan: Falk Struckmann
Donner: Wolfgang Rauch
Froh: Jeffrey Dowd
Loge: Graham Clark
Alberich: Günter von Kannen
Mime: Francisco Vas
Fasolt: Kwanchul Youn
Fafner: Matthias Hölle
Fricka: Lioba Braun
Freia: Elisabete Matos
Erda: Andrea Bönig
Woglinde: Cristina Obregón
Wellgunde: Ana Ibarra
Flosshilde: Francisca Beaumont

Symphony Orchestra of the Gran Teatre del Liceu
Musical Director Bertrand de Billy


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Product Details

  • Actors: Falk Struckmann, Graham Clark, Gunter von Kannen
  • Directors: Bertrand de Billy
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Classical, Color, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: KULTUR VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: June 30, 2009
  • Run Time: 158 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00265T7P6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #300,486 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This is a wonderful opening to the Nederlandse Opera's Ring. The video is extremely high quality and the sound is available in Stereo or Surround. The colors and lights of the sets are beautiful and stirring. I especially enjoy the costumes: the red ribbed hair of Odin, the rock-like garb of the giants, Alberich's coat which gives him the look of some loathsome insect. The many levels of the stage are used very effectively. All in all an exceptional DVD, especially for those newly embarked on the musical journey.
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With the purchase of Audi's Rheingold and Walkure, I now have his complete Ring. While it is probable that it is not the first Ring DVD I would reach for, there is a very good reason for owning it. Essentially Audi has gone even further than Wieland Wagner. Nothing is representational, nothing is realistic. Sets and costumes bear no relation to any other Ring you may have seen. Wieland, of course, had the advantage of the last great crop of Wagnerian singers: Hotter, Varnay, Windgassen Uhde, for example, and, of course, the eventual arrival of Nilsson. Today (and in 1999 when this cycle was taped) we have nothing like this and must make do with singers who were never meant to assume these roles.

My comments to follow will cover all four sets rather than deal with each set individually inasmuch as my feelings essentially do not vary as regards singing and acting. While nothing is provincial as regards the staging and sets (as I have implied, they are beautiful if you can deal with a totally unrealistic ambience) the singing is quite another matter. Brochler, the Wotan, obviously has the measure of the role, but most of the time his singing is unreliable and veering towards the wobbly. When the passages are declamatory his efforts are more successful, but in long catablile passages (Wotan's great Act II monologue with Brunhilde) his contribution is rather mixed. Altmeyer's Brunhilde is a role that is at least two sizes too big. she simply doesn't have the vocal reserves that is needed for a Brunhilde. Her Chereau Sieglinde is much superior and represents the outer limits of her vocal capacities. Of course she wanted to sing Brunhilde, but she lacks thrust and power when it is needed.
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I can't tell you how much I enjoy this DVD. First of all the sound and video are superb, as is generally the case with the Opus Arte productions. The sets convey tremendous depth and breadth, and the lighting is eerie. Especially stirring are the movements and costumes of the protagonists; Loge conveys all his ironic cunning and subtlety with his clever gestures; Mime's twitching, sideways, insectile cringings are perfect; Wotan's sinister red costume underlines his harsh, remorseless intention. Alberich looks, appropriately, like a being from a horror film; and I like the juxtaposition of the shorter, heavier and more sentimental Fastolf with his grim and deadly brother Fafner. Do the Dutch just have a special feel for the Ring?
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The most impressive production I've seen in DVD. THe acting, the customs and the singing are all first rate. The latest Met production Aces it............because it's in Blu-ray.
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