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VINE VOICEon December 30, 2000
This is a very plush production of Fledermaus from 1990 at Covent Garden that also was Dame Joan Sutherland's farewell to a house in which she had been singing for nearly 40 years. The production of Fledermaus is very well done, with very lavish settings from the Vienna of Johann Strauss, including the centerpiece ball of Act II. The cast is excellent throughout and the singing is in English ((with subtitles available). Dame Joan's husband Richard Bonygne leads the orchestra and the chorus under John Brown is excellent.
Although this is in itself a superb Feldermaus, many will want to see this production for its farewell to Miss Sutherland. She and her long-term colleagues Marilyn Horne and Luciano Pavarotti treat us to several solos and duets in the Act II gala sequence, always a great vehicle for bringing out star talent for their turn. The gala is a lot of fun and quite moving too when Dame Joan sings "Home Sweet Home." The gala lasts about 40 minute and also includes two ballets to Strauss tunes. We see Dame Joan at the curtain calls at the end of the opera too when she speaks her farewell to the ecstatic house.
This is a great DVD to have if you either love Fledermaus or Dame Joan Sutherland. A definite buy!
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on January 9, 2017
Joan Sutherland's last performance captured in the "Die Fledermaus" Act II party scene makes this a not to be missed, historic document for those who are fans of the diva known as La Stupenda. Marilyn Horne and Luciano Pavarotti are icing on the cake. Following the final curtain, Sutherland speaks to the Covent Garden audience, saying farewell to the Royal Opera Company where her career took off. There is bonus footage of Sutherland in Australian performances as well. All of this makes the Blu-Ray a treasure. On top of that, it is a splendid production of "Fledermaus", well sung, well acted, in beautiful costumes on beautiful sets.

The fly in the ointment: it's a known fact that most operas sung in English are barely intelligible even to English speaking listeners, and with my hearing on the decline, it was impossible to understand the dialog. That would be a moot point if there were English subtitles, but someone seems to have decided English subtitles were unnecessary since the performance is in English. I love the performance but will have to acquire a libretto before I watch it again.
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on January 10, 2014
This Die Fledermaus VHS comes in two tapes. I ordered and received only the second tape with the first part of the opera missing! This is one of the best Die Fledermaus' in my opinion and I would give it 5 stars. Getting the incomplete opera was a huge disappointment! I wish it was available on dvd at an affordable price.
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on February 11, 2014
I bought this DVD to replace the same performance I had on VCR tape. Not only is the performance top notch, but the guest performers at the theater are excellent. This is Dame Joan's farewell performance, and she is joined by Luciano Pavarotti, and Marilyn Horne. (I did not care for Dame Joan's performance of "Home Sweet Home"; but that may be me.) There are no "flat spots" in the entire performance. It is one bright moment after another.
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on February 26, 2014
This is in VHS format and would not have been a problem for us, but it is a two VHS set, and only the first tape was sent. Unfortunately, seller did not respond to inquiry, so ended up returning the tape. Would really love to find another complete and affordable set of this production, in either format . (VHS or DVD)
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on May 6, 2014
Video was find to near the end, someone had tried to tape over it, the tape is worthless. I had to purchase another tape elsewhere.
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on April 24, 2016
Expected better.
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on February 8, 2016
wonderful
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on May 26, 2011
Usually I avoid extravaganza extraspecials. It would be a mistake here. Despite the unfortunate fact that Dame Sutherland has a hard time singing, this is a good Fledermaus. Best feature is that it moves along well and is tightly acted except for the rather long visitor section, which is very forgivable.
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on October 22, 2003
I actually purchased the Laser Disc of this the same year of the performance, and will now order the DVD, it is a stunning production, if you think Dame Sutherland doesn't sound just fine, perhaps you should invest in a better audio system, if that fails try a hearing aid, the idea of insulting one artest just because you prefer another, speaks volumes about YOU and no one else.
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