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This review is from: The Makropulos Case - Glyndebourne Festival Opera  [DVD]  [NTSC]  (DVD)
I have long been a fan of Janaceks Sinfonietta, so thought I would give this a try, a pretty good choice. If you like memorable arias, well don't bother. This is in the realm of music drama. The story is drip fed against orchestral themes, with interesting sounds, and brief motifs that never last quite long enough. It is not difficult music though, never discordant or jarring but supports the storyline.
The cast have been well chosen, Anja Silja as Emilia seems totally in character as she reveals her relationships to the other characters. Kim Begley is Very good as Gregor, Andrew Shore is Dr Kolenaty, Manuela Kriscak is Kristina, and Victor Braun Baron Prus. All are up to the mark.
The sets are representative of their locations, one basic set with mods serves all, it works quite well.
The packaging is to say the least spartan, only four artists are listed on the back cover, without their on stage characters. The other minor characters and their performers are totally ignored. (They do appear in the end credits on disc)
There is no booklet, but a very brief synopsisis inside sleeve front, and Acts and chapters inside back. That is your lot.
For a decent synopsis see the good old internet!