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Roberto Devereux: Bavarian State Opera (Haider) [DVD] [2006]

Edita Gruberova , Roberto Aronica , Christoph Loy    Exempt   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Edita Gruberova, Roberto Aronica, Jeanne Piland, Friderich Haider
  • Directors: Christoph Loy
  • Format: AC-3, Classical, Colour, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, DVD-Video, PAL
  • Language: Italian, English, French, Spanish, German, Mandarin Chinese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Universal Classics & Jazz
  • DVD Release Date: 11 Sep 2006
  • Run Time: 135 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000F39MAG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 88,924 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


NOTICE: Polish Release, cover may contain Polish text/markings. The disk DOES NOT have English audio and subtitles.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Edita Regina 27 May 2014
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This is a total triumph – one of the most brilliant opera DVDs I’ve ever watched. The story is updated from the court of Elizabeth I to the “court” of Margaret Thatcher (sort of). The plot is otherwise unchanged and the whole thing works superbly well.

It’s obviously a star vehicle for Edita Gruberova, who is on superb form. All her normal mannerisms are present, of course, but I found her performance completely riveting – especially the final “meltdown” scene, which is exhilarating. The singing, acting and direction all come together to produce an unforgettable climax to a very dramatic opera.

The other singers were all new to me, but all are superb, especially Jeanne Piland and Albert Schagidullin as the Nottinghams. The whole is extremely well directed, with the series of dramatic confrontations very well realized. I don’t normally like extraneous business being added to operas, but here the addition of the silent character of James I is a stroke of genius. His final smirk as he becomes king is one of the many unforgettable images from the production. The orchestra is conducted with great spirit by Friedrich Haider (Gruberova’s husband) – bringing out all the drama in the score.

The only slight negative is the set – basically a large wood-panelled room with some ugly leather furniture. It works well in the “court” scenes – basically an antechamber in the Parliament – but less well as the Nottinghams’ house or Roberto’s dungeon. However I found that I was so riveted by the singing/acting that I wasn’t really looking at the sets much.

For anyone who is not got to be put off by the updating, I cannot recommend this highly enough.
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5.0 out of 5 stars non regno... non vivo 19 Dec 2008
This is a superb dvd of the Munich production of this Donizetti opera. Gruberova does not disappoint, and gives a splendid interpretation of the title role, which she makes her own. If you like Gruberova, you will love this. If you don't like Gruberova, this could well convert you...
A modern production, with Thatcherite overtones... which work quite well, if you're not too attached to the big frilly collars of the more usual Tudor Queens!
Good sound quality, and pretty good supporting cast, with Haider on good form in the pit. The closing scene will make you gasp with Gruberova's vocal technique and dramatic flair. Worth it just for that!
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent. 5 July 2013
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A fine recording of a rarely performed work. The whole cast is on top form and an ecxcellent production. Overall highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great interpretation 16 Mar 2013
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The cast is very appropriate with the roles for each character and the staging is inspired, though with some naturalistic accents in depicting the raw reality. As a whole, I think that this production can be considered a milestone achievement .
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