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Death in Venice [DVD] [2010]

Marlin Miller , R.-François Bitar , Pierluigi Pizzi , Bruno Bartoletti    Exempt   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Marlin Miller, R.-François Bitar, Scott Hendricks, Alessandro Riga, Danilo Palmieri
  • Directors: Pierluigi Pizzi, Bruno Bartoletti
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French, Italian, German, English
  • Subtitles: Italian, English, Spanish, German, French
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Dynamic
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Nov 2010
  • Run Time: 155 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003V4RJWO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 79,026 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Set in Venice, the English composer's beloved city, Death in Venice is Britten's last opera, written between 1971 and 1973. Recorded at Teatro La Fenice in Venice, 2008, this is the most modern version of Death in Venice available on DVD. The set however was not new. It was the same set used for a production Pierluigi Pizzi made in Genoa in 2000 that was so successful it won the Abbiati Prize, a prestigious Italian music prize.


The beauty and grandeur of the production of the DVD make it an exceptional treat.It is unlikely we will see another Death in Venice to rival this one visually for a long time.Highly recommended.GRAMOPHONE RECOMMENDS --Gramophone,Feb'11

Critics Choice 2011 --Gramophone,Dec'11

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Production. 5 Feb 2012
By Adrian Drew TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This is the finest version the opera I have seen - and I was at its first ever performance many years ago. The cast are exemplary and the production faultless. The sets are exactly what is required and the director, Bruno Bartoletti, brings a truly uncomfortable quality to the artist's obsession with the young boy. Ironically the opera is much more " shocking" now than it ever was at its premiere and musically it must rank as one of Britten's finest works. The image quality is good but I only wish this "definitive version" could have been released on Blu Ray too. There is so much detail one loses on standard definition and this is a truly detailed and nuanced production. Despite this, I cannot recommend it too highly - but be prepared to be very disturbed by this complex and tragic tale.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Experimental Piece! 13 July 2014
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Bought this to compare it to the film and hear Benjamin Bitten's music. Not what I expected and a little too long. Not bad but could have been better.
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3.0 out of 5 stars No sunshine in this Venice 8 Nov 2010
I was full of high hopes for this production for a variety of reasons. One was the paucity of DVDs of this opera - none of which is all that satisfactory - and the other is that it was from La Fenice, so it had every reason for pulling all the stops out.

And to some degree it filled the bill. Musically it was excellent in all aspects. I had never heard of Marlin Miller but he was superb, apart from looking older after he'd supposedly been made look younger (hardly intended I imagine).

But the production was SO VERY DARK - certainly no impression of southern sun here. I know opera directors simply love darkness with the singers being spotlit but I find it deeply depressing after a time. But one aspect that we missed on the DVD that would have been more effective to members of the audience is that the harpist and pianist who accompanied the many long moralising sections by von Aschenbach were in a well lit box to the left of the stage.

But a central problem to this production is one that has dogged productions right from the opera's very early days - the depiction of Tadzio. He has to be a beautiful adolescent boy - no problem there - but he also has to dance quite extensively in the opera. In this production he wasn't even remotely like a 'boy' but was an extremely well developed muscular young man - clearly a very accomplish ballet dancer. This tipped the whole concept on its head - at least for me it did. There is a middle-ground answer to this Tadzio dilemma as I know from productions I have seen. But this wasn't one of them.

So not money wasted by any means and it is always a joy to see this opera. But there is still space out there for another version.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Death in Venice' DVD (2010) 31 May 2013
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For me, just one word only can describe it - EXCELLENT! I cannot fault it in any way whatsoever and thoroughly enjoyed every scene and every note - The ballet too was excellent and I cannot praise the whole production too highly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fine production 14 Jun 2013
By Bruce
This is a fine performance of this opera by Benjamin Britten.

I have neither read the original Thomas Mann novella, nor seen the Visconti film, and do wonder how Britten turns a 70 page novella into a 3 hour opera, but it well worth it. It is well sung and acted and nicely filmed. The sound and visual quality are both very good.

Just one thing puzzles me, and to be fair it is nothing to do with this DVD, but the lead character, on his way to Venice from Munich, laments the journey asking `why did I make this journey by sea?' Even without recourse to an atlas I found myself wanting to ask the question, `how did you make this journey by sea?'
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