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5.0 out of 5 stars Visual delight, 15 Jan. 2014
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This review is from: Mozart: Die Zauberflote [Bregenz 2013 Pountney] [Alfred Reiter, Norman Reinhardt, Ana Durlovski] [C Major: 713804] [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
As a collector of Magic Flute DVD/Blu-ray operas (I now have 34), this has to be one of the best. I don't feel qualified to evaluate the singing, but for its fantastic set and costumes, I'd have to give this 6 stars out of 5. I also liked this being set out on the water. However, there were two problems for me. (So I took off a star.) With such elaborate costumes, how could they come up with such a dorky costume for Papageno. Everyone else is in an over-the-top costume, but Papageno is in a yellow hoodie and a green baseball hat. When he entered, he had a weird contraption on his head that he took off and never wore again. They could have done so much with feathers in his costume to make him look like a bird man, as so many other versions have done.

The other problem I had was the three "boys". It annoys me that they use women for these roles, although I have seen several versions with actual boys playing the parts. There are lots of trained young male voices who could do the parts - the Vienna Boys Choir seems to have no problem finding suitable voices. Also, the costumes of the "boys" had elaborate brassieres, hardly suitable attire for "boys".
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Initial post: 19 Jan 2014 16:55:03 GMT
H. A. Weedon says:
This is a good example of how to write a helpful review devoid of verbosity. Many thanks.
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