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4.0 out of 5 stars Maria steals the show, 7 July 2009
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Robert Petersen (Durban, South Africa) - See all my reviews
Maria Ewing's portrayl of Salome surprised me. In the beginning she irritated me with her swooning style of singing and her german pronunciation. However, she grew into the role and got around even the most difficult parts successfully. She kept the girlish element in her voice prominent, but also played her like a real spoilt girl. I feel though that her direction was too contrived, her initial movements too static. Michael Devlin's voice is also an acquired taste. The supporting roles were well cast. A worthy choice if compared with the more recent ROH production with Malfitano and Terfel. My top choice is still the production from Berlin with Sinopoli conducting.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning production with an excellent cast, 12 Dec 2007
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This review is from: Salome [1992] [DVD] (DVD)
This is a wonderful recording that captures the shamefully short-lived Peter Hall production at Covent Garden, featuring his then-wife Maria Ewing in the title role. This is Covent Garden at its best - the production is sumptuously and stylishly designed, steeped in great decadence - the colours zing out from the screen in excellent lighting and camera work. The supporting cast are all fabulous, Kenneth Riegel giving a particularly vivid Herod, Michael Devlin is a powerful but dignified Jokanaan. The orchestra has an air of improvised energy skillfully guided by Edward Downes. But as with any production of Salome, the central role is the key to its success. Here Maria Ewing brings a disturbing edge to the Princess, absolutely obsessed with the Baptist - you can understand why Herod orders her to be killed! She is somewhat wayward with the vocal line, but never errs from the spirit of the piece - a crowning achievement and probably her most successful role!
The clarity of the recording is excellent too, and although it was recorded in 1992 stands up incredibly well to advances in technology - crystal clear and in perfect sound.
Higly recommended - along with Malfitano's account of the title role as a joint benchmark DVD recording!
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Twisted, talented and amazing, 15 Feb 2004
This review is from: Salome [1992] [DVD] (DVD)
It doesn't get any better than this. This co-production of the ROH and the LA opera is a classic but timely recounting of the Wilde-Strauss masterpiece. Maria Ewing is amazing as Salome. She gives the character a realistic and frightening interpretation which is vocally and visually stunning. This is a woman you wouldn't want to meet on the street or have move in next door. With apologies to "Basic Instinct" you'd hope that it was only bunnies she was boiling. Speaking of frightening, there are also not many opera singers you'd want to see in the nude: Ms. Ewing is certainly an exception. The dance of the seven veils, for once, makes you see what Herod was all worked up about. The supporting cast is equally wonderful with Michael Devlin singing an intense and compelling Jokhann and Kenneth Rigel a delicously depraved Herod. Sir Edward Downes conducts a splendidly intense Royal Opera House orchestra and the production directed by Sir Peter Hall simply sizzles. Opera at its best is better than the latest Hollywood blockbuster; this is opera at its best
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sizzling!, 4 April 2005
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This review is from: Salome [1992] [DVD] (DVD)
A stunning performance all round which defines the term "decadent". I first came to this opera through Sir Georg Solti's recording and I still find Birgit Nilsson and Gerhard Stolze make the hairs stand up on the back of my neck when I listen to them. But it is good to see a realistic staging of this work - based on Oscar Wilde's play. Maria Ewing is really excellent - by turns seductive and scary. The Dance of the Seven Veils is the highlight - is she dancing for Herod or Jokanaan? Kenneth Riegel as Herod almost out-Stolzes Stolze but I think Stolze is slightly more unhinged! Good support from other members of the cast - Jokanaan looks suitably emaciated - and a realistic severed head at the end! The DTS sound on the version I saw of this was a revelation on my surround sound system. You can hear the reverberation as Salome looks down into Jokanaan's cistern. Highly recommended for a decadent night it.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ewing's Salome, 24 Mar 2009
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Mr. K. H. Cobb (UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Salome [1992] [DVD] (DVD)
This is the best Salome I know. The singing and playing are superb, and Ewing, better than any other, brings out the self obsession and madness of Salome. Her ending the Dance of the Seven Veils starkers is a bonus.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stupendous Salome, 20 Oct 2012
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I. Zaneres (west midlands) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Salome [1992] [DVD] (DVD)
I have four versions of Salome, the other three are definately wanting in some aspects. This is lacking in none.
Maria Ewing is everything that the role desires, she is seductive, girlish, selfish, sexy, and self centredly insane. The dance is also brilliant, quite a talent then.
The other parts are not entirely overshadowed, Michael Devlin emaciated and fervent as Jokanaan has a commanding voice. Kenneth Riegel as the Neurotic Herod leaps from one mood to another seamlessly. Gillian Knight as Herodias is a loud mouthed manipulator, not that anyone actually takes notice of her. Narraboth has a fine tenor in Robin Legate and looks good as the handsome young captain.
Other parts are all well done from bickering Hebrew theologians, to wandering shepherds and the odd servant.
The set is centered by a huge grating in which Jokanaan is incarcerated, props are at a minimum but appear and disappear seamlessly. The moon is on a backdrop and is surreal.
The booklet is a little sad with minimal information in four languages, not really that important.
Each time I have watched this I have been totally absorbed by Ewing, the acting and singing of the simple texts could not be bettered.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Salome I have seen, 24 Aug 2011
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This review is from: Salome [1992] [DVD] (DVD)
This performance is "first class".
Maria Ewing is a great singer & her acting acting is superb.
Maria's " Dance of the 7 veils " is very well performed.
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