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Strauss: Die Frau ohne Schatten (Mariinsky Orchestra / Valery Gergiev) [Blu-ray] [2013] [Region Free]

Avgust Amonov [Emperor] , Mlada Khudoley [Empress] , Henning Kasten , Jonathan Kent    Exempt   Blu-ray
2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Avgust Amonov [Emperor], Mlada Khudoley [Empress], Olga Savova [Nurse], Edem Umerov [Barak], Olga Sergeyeva [Barak's Wife]
  • Directors: Henning Kasten, Jonathan Kent
  • Format: Classical, Import, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Russian, English, Spanish, German, French
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Mariinsky
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Oct 2013
  • Run Time: 210 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00F65N42A
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,035 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

In October 2013, the Mariinsky label releases a DVD & Blu-ray of Strauss most Wagnerian of operas, Die Frau ohne Schatten. Filmed in the historic Mariinsky Theatre in 2011, it stars Russian tenor Avgust Amonov as The Emperor, Mlada Khudoley as The Empress, Olga Savova as The Nurse, and is conducted by Valery Gergiev. The Mariinsky Theatre is one of the few opera houses capable of staging Die Frau ohne Schatten, due to the demanding soloist roles, elaborate sets and large orchestral forces required. This epic production, premiered in 2009, is a collaboration between two British artists, director Jonathan Kent and designer Paul Brown, and has become a regular fixture in the opera company s schedule. Kent has a long established relationship with the Mariinsky, and with Strauss in particular. 'Die Frau ohne Schatten' (The Woman without a Shadow) is an outstanding display of virtuosity, presenting one of Strauss most complex and colourful scores. The three-act opera, with libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal, is an exotic fairytale with a strong moral dimension, focusing on themes of the unborn and the supernatural. Avgust Amonov, who plays the role of The Emperor, has been a Mariinsky Theatre soloist since 2003. Prize-winner at the XIX International Glinka Vocalists Competition (2001) and the Irina Arkhipova Foundation (2004), his title roles include Shostakovich s 'The Nose', Verdi s 'Don Carlo' and Wagner s 'Parsifal'. Soprano Mlada Khudoley was named Singer of the Year by the St Petersburg Theatre Society for her performance of the role of Sieglinde (Die Walküre) opposite Plácido Domingo in 2001. Her concert repertoire includes the soprano roles in Stravinsky s 'Les Noces', Mahler s Eighth Symphony and Beethoven s Ninth Symphony. Russian mezzo-soprano Olga Savova joined the Mariinsky Opera Company in 1996, and was nominated for a Grammy award in 2001 for her recording of Prokofiev s 'Semyon Kotko'. Her repertoire also includes the mezzo-soprano roles in Verdi s Requiem and Berlioz s dramatic legend 'La damnation de Faust'.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dire...pun intended. 14 Jan 2014
I found this production almost an embarrassment to watch with Russian singers struggling to cope with the demands of the most Wagnerian of Strauss' operas. I am second to none in my admiration of the wonderful score, but even this could not detract from the fact that the singers and to a lesser extent the orchestra, were out of their depths. Visually things were not much better and the supernatural effects in the Second Act were risible.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The finest Frau on DVD 12 Jun 2014
I both saw this production at the Edinburgh Festival, and reviewed this disc professionally for the BBC. Both times I thought it the best I'd seen. Jonathan Kent's production is clear and imaginative, treating the story as one of human relationships. ambitions and dreams, rather than a murky allegory. I'm no friend of distorted modern production styles, but shifting the human characters from vaguely oriental peasants into modern poverty-row characters brings them and their emotional problems far more alive, especially the Dyer's Wife, normally played as a Germanic harridan but here a believable discontented young wife hungering for a better life. The world of the immortals is very atmospherically handled, and imagery such as the falcon poetically handled.

The entirely Russian cast, contrary to other opinions here, does very well indeed. If they're not quite the equal of the great stars of previous generations, they're still very good, and in many cases younger and fresher, even singing German. They're certainly better than the recent cast at Covent Garden. Olga Savova's superbly sung and acted Nurse would grace any cast, Evgeny Ulanov's sonorous Spirit Messenger is magnificent -- better even than Bryn Terfel on Solti's DVD version -- and Avgust Amonov, though a rather sedate stage figure, sings the Emperor far better than German heroic bellowers. Mlada Khudoley's Empress and Olga Sergeeva's Dyer's Wife strain their youthful voices at times, but live their roles passionately, and Eden Umerov's moments of gruff tone are balanced by some genuinely heart-wrenching singing and credible characterization. The supporting cast is excellent, and the sense of ensemble evident. Gergiev conducts with sweeping emotional force, and the Mariinsky orchestra sounds superb.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointment. 2 Mar 2014
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I'm cutting to the chase. This wonderful opera was basically a disappointment. The supernateral world unconvincing and the updated modern settings at first what a clever idea was in the end dull. Not of course as appalling and disasterous as the Christof Loy production but still dull. The best Frau's at the moment are Wolfgang Sawallisch followed by Georg Solti.
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