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Miah Persson, Isobel Leonard, Patricia Petition, and Bo Skovhus star in this 2009 production of the Mozart opera with the Vienna Philharmonic conducted by Adam Fischer and directed by Claus Guth.

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  • Actors: Miah Persson, Topi Lehtipuu, Bo Skovhus, Florian Boesch, Isabel Leonard
  • Directors: Claus Guth, Brian Large
  • Writers: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Lorenzo da Ponte
  • Producers: Salzburger Festspiele
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: Italian (Dolby Digital 5.0), Italian (DTS 5.0), Italian (PCM Stereo)
  • Subtitles: Italian, English, German, French
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    NR
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  • Studio: EuroArts
  • DVD Release Date: August 30, 2010
  • Run Time: 191 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003OT6I2I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,934 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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a simply brilliant present day blowing away the cobwebs yet maintaining the full integrity of the text performance from start to finish - for apart from magnificent singing and superb orchestral playing the acting and characterisation throughout are so carefully delineated that the whole becomes a superlative psychological exploration which allows the foibles and foolishness of the characters to be seen at full value without our losing sympathy for the dilemma in which they find themselves:

the six principals are everything one could hope for, the stunning puppet-master Don Alfonso presented by Bo Skovhus is the performance I've been waiting for for more than 40 years; Patricia Petibon's Despina is very much working class with every on-stage reason to be contemptuous of her foolish employers, taking every opportunity to manipulate them into the inevitable love-games, and again hers is a performance which will stand the test of time for ages to come: the two sisters, the magnificent Miah Persson at her exquisite best as the would-be-hold-out tormented Fiordiligi and the relative newcomer Isabel Leonard as the more susceptible Dorabella are ravishing, musically and physically, and work wonderfully well with/off each other; the deflated braggadocio of the lovers is superbly handled, the supposedly-triumphant swaggering male assumptions at its foolish comedic best rapidly turns into genuine pain and bewilderment thanks to the wonderful interplay between Florian Boesch's Gugliemo and Topi Lehtpuu's Ferrando, again a pairing that could hardly be bettered

at the heart of this triumph lies the subtle direction of Claus Guth (yes, subtle, despite the occasional video lapses, one shockingly apt over the top moment for Despina perfectly understandable given the situation and
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While I think that the reviewer Theater Gypsy is a little harsh on the Glyndebourne production which in my opinion is also good, I do agree that this one is superior, especially in its sense of comedy. Musically the two versions are comparable, but this one has better acting, better comedic flair, and while the four lovers are again comparable (one of them being of course the same singer Miah Persson in both versions), Despina and Don Alfonso are vastly superior in this one. I could subtitle it "The Patricia Petibon Show," she was just spectacular, and I've never seen such a wicked, sadistic Don Alfonso. This is not to say that the other four principals were any less good, there isn't a single weak link in this production. Miah was fabulous as usual, and newcomer Isabel Leonard (whom I had seen and liked in the Met Romeo and Juliet) held her own - and oh boy, these two ladies surely look good! There is no doubt that this is the new Cosi standard, and one of the very best opera videos I've ever seen.
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This production is not as radical (or entirely consistent) a re-think as Guth's "Figaro", but it's definitely not traditional. Alfonso is a sort of "puppet master", controlling events physically as well as persuasively. Interestingly a couple of lines of recit in Act II were cut, eliminating Despina's suggestions to Don Alfonso and making their relationship as one-way as Alfonso's relationship with everyone else. The performances from all quarters, singers and pit alike, are outstanding. My one complaint is that Patricia Petibon hams it up a little too much - perhaps overcompensating for an otherwise very dark take on the work. Otherwise all the singers really inhabit their roles and draw the viewer into the inhumane scenario that unfolds, and makes the unintended outcomes even more heart-wrenching.

Looking at Guth's Mozart/Daponte trilogy as a whole, I think the point is that the spirit of Eros, manifested as the cherub/Cherubino in "Figaro" (and here as Don Alfonso), refuses to be satisfied with any existing relationship and pushes us to actions that inevitably have much more significant consequences than we anticipate. - Specifically, Cherubino grows up to be Don Giovanni, then dies but continues to exert influence as Don Alfonso. Guth's trilogy is a dark, but fascinating and sound, interpretation of all 3 of these operas that explores new facets of these well-known scores.
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This was great. Usually, the opera singers are huge, too old, fat, and do not know how to act. And the staging is either too minimalist and dark, or else full of clatter and mock period everything.
This time, not only the music and the voices are great; the setting is wide and uncluttered, but easy to turn into inside-outside, a living room, a pier, And the singers not only sing beautifully, but are delectable to watch. Especially Bo Skovhus as Don Alfonso, ; I could not take my eyes off him, even when he just listened to the others. Patricia Petibon plays a great Despina, in spite of a few "outré" short sequences, which, of course, one has come to expect of her. Miah Person as Fiordiligi, and Isabel Leonard as Dorabella have beautiful voices, and look great, and one feels for them.
And the "boys", Florian Boesch as Guigliemo and Topi Lehtipuu as Ferrando, are no less delectable.
What was great for me in this, was the end; I have always had my suspicions about how , after what had happened, the two couples were going to be able to go back to things as they were before. An here you see that suspicion in plain sight.

I strongly recommend this .
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