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1.0 out of 5 stars
Die Frau Ohnne Anything!, 10 Feb 2013
I read the reviews and in spite of accepting it was going to be "interesting" nothing quite prepared me for what is the most outrageous self indulgent travesty I have watched for a long time. I have both the Solti and Sawallisch DVD'S as well as two really old terribly reproduced DVD'S with Nilsson/Wennberg (with Swedish subtitles) and Jones/Behrens (French subtitles) - which are still 100 times more engaging in spite of (I cannot stress enough) the most primitive and barely acceptable recordings.
I started watching and lasted half of ACT 1 and then came back to it a day later (unheard of for such a wonderful opera) - I thought I would watch the bonus to get some insite into what was going on. I watched as I feared a self indulgent diatribe particularly by the director (I use the term loosely) Loy about "meaning" and zzzzzzz.
My main gripe other than everything is that having people on stage so disengaged just aimlessly watching, waiting their cue, drinking tea spills over to the audience. Can you imagine how you would feel if the person next to you was texting on their mobile or the one two rows in front was reading their programme while all this high drama was going on? I would suggest you'd be furious but here so many pseudo's are going, "Oh my God, how wonderfully illuminating" - a case of, "The King's New Clothes" I would suggest. Added to that a Nurse looking more like Hilda Baker than the embodiment of evil. Followed by the whole female chorus appearing the same: as if Ms. Baker had cloned not only herself but also her male stooge. Looking into their compact mirrors and smiling at what they saw must have taken some rehearsing. I was half expecting, "She knows you know" appearing in the English subtitles.
Singing was powerful. But I still had a problem with the Empress relentlessly walking around with a look of enigmatic constipation on her face.
Over a period of five days I got to the end. The only thing worth waiting for was the curtain call and the booing that greeted the sham Loy. Trust me I joined in. If I had had a egg in my hand I would now be wiping it off the screen. Terrible. Terrible Terrible.
Sadly One is not allowed to give a nil point to this ..... this (cannot think of a word that is printable) - so I have given it 1 star. Buy it at your peril.