Customer Review

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well sung Salome, 26 Feb. 2013
This review is from: Richard Strauss: Salome (Arthaus: 101593) [DVD] [2012] [NTSC] (DVD)
All the productions of Salome that I have seen have problems with staging and this one is no different! In this case the problem is the production itself, the staging is just too distracting, all shiny black floors and modern dress, it doesn't quite fit, rather than adding to the drama it detracts! I also found it somewhat predictable, yes the story is based in Jewish history, but some of the characters are so stereotypical Jewish, with their frock coats, wide-brimmed hats and prayer shawls, as to almost make it condescending.
Angela Denoke gives a strong performance in the title role, she does over-act at times and some of her facial expressions are enough to make you laugh, but vocally she can't be faulted, and thankfully she has a couple more veils than Maria Ewing to remove! Kim Begley also gives a fine performance as Herodes, although he does remind me of a portly Robert Tear, and again he also tends to overact a little! Doris Soffel is a good Herodias, while Alan Held's portrayal of Johanaan just doesn't fit with the rest of the production, it's almost as the director, Nikolaus Lehnhoff, could not think what a modern clothes to dress him in, so reverted to a costume which would be suitable in a traditional rendition of the opera or play, well that is apart from his Mohican with a pony-tale!
So in many cases an odd production, but one which is really well sung, but looses out on the staging, it would not be my first choice for the opera on DVD, the problem is however, that I have not found my first choice yet, and this respect it comes first in the productions I have on DVD, but only for the singing!
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

Be the first person to comment on this review.

[Add comment]
Post a comment
To insert a product link use the format: [[ASIN:ASIN product-title]] (What's this?)
Amazon will display this name with all your submissions, including reviews and discussion posts. (Learn more)
Name:
Badge:
This badge will be assigned to you and will appear along with your name.
There was an error. Please try again.
Please see the full guidelines ">here.

Official Comment

As a representative of this product you can post one Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
The following name and badge will be shown with this comment:
 (edit name)
After clicking on the Post button you will be asked to create your public name, which will be shown with all your contributions.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.  Learn more
Otherwise, you can still post a regular comment on this review.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
 
System timed out

We were unable to verify whether you represent the product. Please try again later, or retry now. Otherwise you can post a regular comment.

Since you previously posted an Official Comment, this comment will appear in the comment section below. You also have the option to edit your Official Comment.   Learn more
The maximum number of Official Comments have been posted. This comment will appear in the comment section below.   Learn more
Prompts for sign-in
 


Review Details