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Curiouser and curiouser - have we watched a different production?,
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This review is from: Mozart: Die Zauberflote [Blu-ray]   [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
Curiouser and curiouser!? No this is not a review of Alice in Wonderland but just a comment on the diversity of reviews for this disc. While 75% of reviewer's rate this a 5* performance the remainder have effectively rubbished it with a 2 - 3* rating. I have no hesitation in aligning myself in the former camp. For my money this is an excellent production and must rank among the very best Magic Flutes that I have seen. Aside from the artistry of the singers and orchestra the technical side of the production is excellent. Both video and sound are of a very high quality - at least 9 out of 10. I strongly disagree with those people who have suggested that the blu-ray disc is no better than an ordinary dvd.
The cast of this opera is a veritable `Who's Who' of Opera and from my perspective there was no obvious weak link. Simon Keenlyside is superb as Papageno. His tone is excellent, he looks the part and in one or two scenes he shows an amazing athleticism. Dorothea Roschmann has such a lovely silky voice and is perfect for the part of Pamina. Diana Damrau is wonderful as the Queen of the Night. She not only has the voice for this role but she looks sufficiently menacing. I also thought that her costume was magnificent!
I can't help feeling that I have watched a different performance to the sizeable minority of people who clearly didn't enjoy this disc.