Mozart - Ascanio in Alba
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Is it a result of this very upsetting staging? In any case, the musical quality of the performance is not quite at par with what the M22 collection has offered us so far, which is a shame because the music of Ascanio is actually much better than the very static Betulia Liberata, for example. Iris Kupke and Sonia Prina are quite tame in the parts of Venus and Ascanio.Read more ›
A) The Composer - a 15 year old Genius!
B) The Music - very beautiful and enjoyable.
C) The Conductor - Adam Fischer - Passionate and Excellent!
D) The Orchestra - Fiery and Virtuosic!
E) The cast - an excellent ensemble (Could have a better Tenor).
F) Diana Damrau - SPECTACULAR!!!
G) The production - REDICULOUS!!! I still can't figure out what it is supposed to be telling me. It is very confusing!
H) Sets and Costumes - Ludicrous.
I) The Stage Director - Should be SHOT!!!
J) WHAT A WAST OF MONEY, TIME AND TALENT!!!
K) The management of the Festival should be called to accountability!
L) MOZART AND THE PUBLIC DESERVE BETTER THAN THIS!
I would have given it one star only but, the singers, conductor and orchestra deserve five stars; the stage directing and production zero. The Salzburg Festival, Mozart22, the opera going public and especially the Home Viewing public, let alone the composer deserve better. APOLOGIES FOR THIS INSULT TO ARTISTIC TASTE AND WASTE OF OUR MONIES ARE IN ORDER! We have the right to expect better productions and direction than this!
Although Adam Fischer's conducting of Mozart's music is lucid, the Italian secco recitatives are disconcertingly replaced by monotonously tepid narration (supplied by two narrators). Christoff Hetzer's set design required 3d glasses for the premiere audience, which is a telling sign for what comes off like a first year art school student production that reduces transcendental mythology to inept, adolescent science fiction. The Star Trek-looking Alban shepherds appear as badly white-wigged robots who break into frenzied, epileptic seizures as they sing their chorus to Venus. Ascanio (Sonia Prina in bald wig) appears hopping across the stage in a sleeping bag and then gets plopped onto a stack of green, rubber gym mats (those mats reappear time and again for Ascanio to sort of dance with, on, and around). The Alban shepherds reappear, minus face paint but now with Groucho Marx mustaches, what looks like diapers on their heads, and potted plants in their arms. Diana Damrau is an all too brief, charming high point as Fauno on a swing. Silvia (Marie-Belle Sandis), adorned in an embarrassingly ill-fitting ballerina outfit, is thrown into a wheel-barrel, and wheeled onto stage by her chaperone, Aceste (Charles Reid), who wears a fur jacket over a golfing sweater.Read more ›
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This is K. 111, an early pastoral Opera by a youthful Mozart, setting to music an Italian libretto by Giuseppe Parini. Read morePublished on July 16, 2011 by Almaviva
The only saving grace of this production is the quality of the singers. The rest was Horrible with a capital H. Read morePublished on December 11, 2009 by Anatola
I did choose to watch this selection from Mozart 22 tonight because the occasion called for good music and just enough activity on stage to link the songs ( oh, well, arias)... Read morePublished on July 1, 2009 by drkhimxz
I agree with everything negative stated previously. It seems to me that this production fails to understand the most primitive (hardly the only) reason we go to the theater. Read morePublished on May 28, 2009 by L. Dankel
I haven't seen all of the Salzburg M22 DVDs (from the 2006 Salzburg Festival), but of the ones I have, this is definitely the worst. Read morePublished on April 10, 2009 by Peter M. Alexander
The idea to reproduce all 22 operas on dvd is very exiting for all opera lovers, but unfortunately this is a dissapointing and shameful production of Ascanio in Alba. Read morePublished on January 21, 2007 by Smbat Mikaelian
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