I was delighted with this DVD. There was not ONE available of good quality sung in German with any class till now. Most DVDs in the Market are sung in English that fail to deliver the actual essence of this operetta.
In this one, there are a few flaws, but they can be overlooked. Schellenberger is not Elizabeth Shwartzkopf BUT, gives a great and a satisfying performance. Her voice does not really penetrate as much as it should and sounds a bit subdued much of the time. Not her fault, the recording guys need to be taken to task. Gilfry as Danilo comes through quite well, and is absolutely suited for the part. I have no hesitation in comparing him with Eberhart Wachter. Conducting is excellent, although I cant say the same for the recording, which does not strike a great balance between the singers and the orchestra. Rossillon comes through beautifully, crisp and clear.
The can-can at the end of it is a little longer than I expected, but being a live performance, it is justified and quite enjoyable.
Valencienne (Ute Gfrerer) actually steals the show both visually and otherwise.
I have a strange suspicion that the guys who were in charge of the subtitling were French ingrained with a genetic animosity towards English. The conversation in French (not a part of the original liberetto for sure), is left alone which is quite irritating - it could well have been Sanskrit or Latin for a person like me who does not know either and some others are pretty clumsy (Especially Danilo's laugh which is translated as a 'smile' thrice) which makes me smile at the blotched job.
At the end of the performance, it felt nice, warm and satisfying, which is what I would demand of a great performance.
I have no hesitation in giving this a 5 star...