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5.0 out of 5 stars
Absolutely superb, 22 Sep 2012
I was lucky enough to get tickets to see this production in Bayreuth this year, and I wanted something to remember it by.
I like to watch Mezzo TV, and often they use Arte films. Furthermore, it is possible to watch extracts on YouTube. So I knew what I was buying.
As always in Bayreuth, the music and the singing are absolutely superb, and the production is "interesting". In this production we have a hero (Jonas Kaufmann) and heroine (Annette Dasch) who are beautiful physically as well as in voice. I am not really sure that I know why the citizens of Brabant are dressed as rats, but they are very colourful rats. Indeed, the whole production is extremely colourful. Samuel Youn as the Heerrufer is outstanding and I can imagine that he would have excelled as the stand-in Hollaender this year. The end of the production - with the hatching of the swan's egg - is both shocking and fascinating.