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Lehar: The Merry Widow (Live Recording From War Memorial Opera House San Francisco 2001) [Blu-ray] 
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Lotfi Mansouri's spectacular last production as General Director of The San Francisco Opera with Yvonne Kenny making her debut in the title role, new dialogue specially commissioned from Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Wendy Wasserstein and an original ballet to set the scene ‘Chez Maxime’ bringing fresh insight into Lehár's classic operetta. This production also features another world premiere, Njegus's song, ‘Quite Parisian’. Filmed in High Definition.
"It would be hard to imagine a more extravagant production of The Merry Widow than Lofti Mansouri's for the San Francisco Opera, recorded live on this DVD in December 2001...Yvonne Kenny as the heroine not only sings beautifully but is both vivacious and provocative. Bo Skovhus makes a handsome Danilo, determined not to be putty in her hands, and their final reconciliation to the Merry Widow Waltz could not be more moving." (The Penguin Guide)
"Rarely does the opera stage fill the small screen so lavishly." (Philadelphia Enquirer)
"...visually beautiful, highly energetic...unforgettable music" (Dallas Morning News)
"Michael Yeargan's glamorous and beautifully-wrought designs and Thierry Bosquet's extravagant costumes. We see all too little of this kind of splendour in these cash-strapped days." (Opera)
"Recorded live in San Fransisco in December 2001, this is about as lavish a production of Franz Lehár's adorable operetta as you are ever likely to see...soprano Yvonne Kenny is perfectly cast in the title role." (Classic fM)
CastYvonne Kenny (Anna Glawari)Bo Skovhus (Count Danilo Danilovitch)Angelika Kirchschlager (Valencienne)Gregory Turay (Camille, Count de Rosillon)
San Francisco Ballet Orchestra; Erich KunzelStage Director: Lotfi Mansouri
Catalogue Number: OABD7055DDate of Performance: 2001Running Time: 188 minutesSound: 2.0 & 4.0 DTS-HD Master AudioAspect Ratio: 1080i High Definition / 16:9Subtitles: FR, DE, ESLabel: Opus Arte
...this is about as lavish a production of Franz Lehár's adorable operetta as you are ever likely to see...soprano Yvonne Kenny is perfectly cast in the title role. --Classic FM Magazine
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What are the Audio or sound technicians thinking. If they made a CD to this standard it would never get released, so
why is it allowed for the audio to be second rate on a DVD or Blu-ray disc. Especially with the high technical standards of
5.1 and DTS. I also wonder why the centre channel was not used for the artists libretto and dialogue, Having the speech coming from the left and right channels of the front speakers compounded the out of phase effect of the voices. Yes a sumptuous production reasonably well photographed but don't buy this recording if you expect
to hear every word of the libretto.
If you love music
This is wonderfull
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