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The Magic Flute: The Metropolitan Opera (Levine) [DVD] [2011] [NTSC]

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  • Producers: Julie Taymor
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Sonybmg
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Aug. 2011
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00579EKW8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,597 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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An abridged, family-friendly version of Julie Taymor's 2006 production of Mozart's operatic fairy tale for the Metropolitan Opera. Heading the cast are Ying Huang as Pamina, Erika Miklósa as Queen of the Night, Matthew Polenzani as Tamino, Nathan Gunn as Papageno and René Pape as Sarastro. James Levine conducts the Metropolitan Orchestra and Chorus.

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New DVD release of the 2006 Metropolitan Opera performing the Magic Flute.

Long awaited by many, the production is the English language version of Julie Taymor's hit production of Mozart's The Magic Flute, it is a visual as well as audio spectacular. The DVD is upgraded on my setup to full HD so nice crisp images and Dolby sound.

Conducted by Metropolitan Opera Music Director James Levine, the main cast includes Ying Huang as Pamina, Matthew Polenzani as Tamino, and René Pape as Sarastro, the true outstanding stars of this performance are Erika Miklósa as Queen of the Night with a wonderful rendition of the the Queen of the Night aria but Nathan Gunn as Papageno absolutely stole the show with his comic portrayal of his role.

Lovely abridged version of Mozart's Magic Flute in English.

Region 1, so only viewable on multi region DVD players or Blu Ray players in the UK and TV 5.1 sound system recommended.

Signed: A Listener of Classics.
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I will never forget the first opera I ever saw in 1959 when I was 26 years old - a gala performance conducted by Karl Bohm at the Vienna State Opera. Most memorable of all was the Queen of the Night appearing on a rising moon that eventually rose high above the stage. This production is very different but is highly recommended for its originality and for being visually stunning. A most gifted cast of outstanding performers give their all in an exciting performance conducted by the always outstanding James Levine. I love this DVD do much that I have bought additional copies to give to relatives and friends. All have enjoyed it as much as I have.
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The NY Met are not known for a cheese-paring approach to opera production. This production could have been oppressed by the sets, the puppets, the dancing and the general "how can we spend a bit more on this bit" philosphy - but it doesn't. Papageno is brilliant, Pamina has a beautifully unforced, sweet voice (and can act) and the Queen is more than able to deal with the Mardi Gras cavalcade that graces her arias.
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Fabulous costumes and scenery, beautiful singing with no expense spared on anything, but the overture is cut short and several of the best, most memorable arias have been cut altogether. I find it odd that in such a lavish, extravagant production, the Metropolitan Opera has decided it knows better than one of the greatest composers of all time.
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To be honest, I thought that I had already reviewed this because I had enjoyed it so much. I watched it on tv years ago and could not find the DVD to buy. However, I had not realised that it has been abridged - showed you how much of an expert I am! But I really enjoyed it, especially the make up, costumes and scenery. What imagination! It would be difficult to single out one particular character because I enjoyed the whole performance. I think that this would appeal to young people as an introduction to opera, and to help them realise that opera is not just for older people, and it does not have to be highbrow. There was a lot of humour in this production. Perhaps the same format could be used with other operas.
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This is a stunning production. The sets were fantastic and imaginative. I have already watched it 3 times and don't think that I will ever tire of watching it. My only problem is that if I see other productions of this opera I will be disappointed.
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Yes, a wonderful production as one would expect from the Met. But sung in English - ghastly! Of all the great operas Mozart's translate the least well. What is really annoying is that I could not see before ordering that it was sung in English!
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This production is all staging and no substance, a great deal of time is spent with black costumed puppeteers with kite like puppets. The three daughters of the queen of the night are also blacked up and communicate with masks, strange birds half ballet dance around Papageno. It is all very distracting. No complaint on voices, but it does seem to be heavily edited to make time for the gimmicks. Scenes jump jerkily from one item to the next. Costumes and make up also seem over the top. This is effectively a pantomime version, might act as a appetite wetter for the young but not for seasoned campaigners. Watched it twice and still could not get to grips with it. Try the Deutsche Gramaphon with Popp and Gruberova to ssee and hear how it should be done.
The english libretto does not sit too happily with the music either and has a tendency to sound contrived.
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