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Wagner: Tristan und Isolde [Blu-ray]
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together the rich talent of American tenor Robert Dean Smith with that of Swedish soprano Iréne Theorin. The renowned Wagner conductor Peter Schneider conducts the Bayreuth Festival Orchestra and Chorus in a performance tipped to remain a collectors' benchmark for years to
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As to the performance, the cover of the Opus Arte set says it all: "Regiephobes" need not apply. This is clearly a Tristan set in the 20th century, circa the late fifties and early sixties. The set is essentially one, with adjustments made by the use of furniture and other decorations. Act I would appear to be a deck with many chairs, a cruise liner? An attractive woman, Irene Theorin is frumpily dressed. She storms across the set knocking over the chairs with great fury. Act II is an interior set and is evocative of nothing in particular. Theorin is dressed in a yellow suit that could be described as 60's chic, hair reminiscent of Jackie Kennedy. The seating arrangement for the two lovers is what you see on the cover of the DVD. The ceiling is a mass of circular neon lights periodiocally altered. Tristan would appear to be dressed as a cruise director. In Act III all the decorations (such as they are) have been stripped from the wall, and an a slightly elevated platform for a hospital bed surrounded by bars is the focus and where we find Tristan.Read more ›
I LIKE this DVD. Smith and Theorin both sang beautifully and being "up close and personal" really diminished the somewhat unorthodox staging. I have the other available DVDs of Tristan & Isolde and have no regrets about adding this to my collection.
From the costumes and the décor of the ships interior in Act 1, it looks like it is randomly set in the 1930s, but not over-realistically so - the sets there to create a specific environment that ends up working quite well, rising into three tiers for each of the three acts, maintaining a fluidity and consistency in the piece. The main visual theme however - considering its significance in the second act - is that of lights, from the neon ring "stars" in the sky in Act 1, to the light switches of Act 2, and the pulsing rings of Act 3 that could represent love or life, or the two combined in death. Obviously, this is highly conceptual in a manner that those who like a more concrete, literal stagy representation dislike, but it suits the nature of the opera, and certainly suits the nature of Wagner's conceptual themes, without distracting from them or imposing a false reading.Read more ›
Robert Dean Smith has a distinctive voice and is better then Gambill in the Stemme version.Theorin has a big voice and is good in Acts one and three, but you feel she is attempting not to drown out Smith in Act two. Brangane Michelle Breedt is as good. King marke ,Holl, and kurwenal, Rasilainen are a credit to the opera . This is a live performance. I wondered what the Bayreuth opera house looked like inside ,now I know. The conducting of Peter Schneider is swift. This is how Wagner meant his operas to be conducted. His son Siegfried conducted in this manner, which he learnt from his father when he was still alive.Read more ›
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Most unromantic Tristan und Isolde extant, love potion notwithstanding. Directly quoting from the pamphlet supplied with this DVD: "Without ever looking at one another, Marthalen's... Read morePublished on April 27, 2011 by Fair and balanced critic
I bot this disc because I liked the tenor at the Met Live in HD at the cinema. While the conducting and singing are pretty good, the production has zero sex appeal and completely... Read morePublished on January 1, 2011 by Rod Parke
The image of the set's covers as shown on Amazon's website does not say when this production was filmed or recorded, but I attended a performance of it at Bayreuth on 14th August... Read morePublished on November 22, 2009 by Marcelino Plaza
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