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Beethoven: Fidelio (Beethoven: Fidelio Feat.Gallo/ Sacca/ Strazanac) [Blu-ray] [2010] [Region Free]

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  • Actors: Kresimir Strazanac, Lucio Gallo, Roberto Saccà, Melanie Diener, Alfred Muff
  • Directors: Bernard Haitink (Conductor), Katharina Thalbach (Director)
  • Format: Classical, PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Opus Arte
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Mar 2010
  • Run Time: 149 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003757W0Q
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 134,918 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Translucence, transparency - warmth' are the qualities identified by Bernard Haitink as necessary for an ideal sound performance of Beethoven's only opera, and all are present in this fantastic recording of Katharina Thalbach's new production for Opernhaus Zurich. Haitink conducts the Zurich Opera Orchestra in a magnificent performance in which Leonore Overture No. 3 provides an interlude between the two scenes of the second act, following a tradition started by Gustav Mahler. German soprano Melanie Diener, in the role of Leonore, leads a brilliant cast including Alfred Muff as Rocco, Roberto Saccà as Florestan, Sandra Trattnigg as Marzelline and Christoph Strehl as Jaquino. This High Definition recording with true surround sound marks the start of an exciting new collaboration between Opus Arte and Opernhaus Zurich.


To hear the great duet between Florestan and Leonore,'O namenlose Freude',perfectly in tune and perfectly paced is a rare joy.It's achieved in this fine Fidelio,live from Zurich in 2004-and it's thanks to the conducting of Nikolaus Harnoncourt,and to the inspired casting of Jonas Kaufmann and Camilla Nyland,both fearlessly packing every phrase with compelling truthful shades of meaning. Performance***** Picture & Sound**** --BBC Music Magazine,August 2010 --This text refers to the DVD edition.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By P. SIMPSON on 9 Jun 2011
This disc features excellent singing, playing, sound and sets.

The Leonor of Melanie Diener is quite heroic and believable as both male and female. Sandra Trattnigg is equally good in the role of Marzelline. Of the males, the Rocco of Alfred Muff is both avuncular and authoritative. Even the Jaquino is good, as is Don Fernando, though a little more authority would not have gone amiss.

Haitink and his Zurich orchestra are excellent, - punchy and weighty, and given very good sound which is neither light in the middle nor in the centre.

Picture quality is superb, with the gloom of the dungeon being well realised and represented. The sets, by the way, are very good, - the goal good and the dungeon excellent.

So why only three stars? Two factors. The first is the inconsistent staging of Katharina Thalbach. The costuming provides several examples.

- Florestan's bedraggled suit looks ridiculous, - artfully torn rather than worn. You have to see it to understand what I mean, but it detracts significantly from his stature. And I understand why you couldnt have a starved wraith in the role but after two years, how can he be clean shaven?
- most of the principals bar one wear 1800-era clothing but the prisoners, face painted in yellow, red and white wear Texas chain gang overalls, also painted, which makes them look as deprived as a painting gang on a suburban house.
- the guards wear 1930's pseudo fascist uniforms, totally out of keeping with the principal's costumes (bar one).

The whole impression derived from costumes and direction is of thoughtlessness and inconsistency. But no one suffers more from this malaise than the Don Pizzaro (Lucio Gallo) who is dressed as a 1930's style Chicago gangster.
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By polly on 11 May 2014
I had hopes of this production before I saw it - not high ones - but still hopes of a kind. Melanie Diener is quite good, and I thought she looked attractive - more as one imagined Leonore might have looked, given that both she and Florestan are supposed to be quite young, I believe. Not that the look is the most important factor, but it is a nice bonus if it happens that way. But she is not a great singer, and missed many opportunities to really engage one with her situation.

None of the singers were really outstanding, but they were adequate - but as has been noted in another review, the production was APPALLING! The costumes, as others have said were AWFUL, the sets were 'iffy' at best, and the bosom-baring near the end, to prove that Fidelio is really a woman rather than a man, was done so self-consciously - Melanie Diener looked as if she wished she didn't have to do it at all, as who would not? - and it was just unnecessary and embarrassing. And anyway, the poor lady was so under-endowed, that you might have needed a magnifying glass to be sure that she really was female.

There was no moral or emotional grandeur here at all, it brought the whole wonderful story down to the very ordinary level of just another operatic story, instead of the soul stirring stuff it should be. Felt totally unengaged. Thankfully, I have 4 other very good versions to compensate But this was very disappointing - I got rid of my copy as soon as I'd watched it - had a job to actually make it to the end, but felt I should stick with to see if it improved. It didn't. Could not recommend this at all.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Excellent in every way - well sung 21 July 2014
By Norman Worth - Published on
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Excellent in every way - well sung, well acted, well produced, and well photographed. The acting and singing, I'm sure, captures Beethoven's intent. The playing of the Leonore Overture 3 between the scenes of the second act, while common in recent performances, is a rather long distraction. But it is played well and doesn't really detract from the performance.
1 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Great Opera 16 July 2013
By Stephen Cathro - Published on
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I Love Beethoven
It's a good recording
I would recommend it to anyone
It's my first Opera on Blu Ray
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