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Mozart: Die Zauberflote [Blu-ray] [2008] [2010] [Region Free]

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  • Directors: David McVicar
  • Format: Anamorphic, Classical, Colour, PAL
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Opus Arte
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Mar. 2008
  • Run Time: 182 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00142X56Y
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,249 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

Product Description

The internationally renowned Mozart interpreter Sir Colin Davis conducts the chorus and orchestra of the Royal Opera House and a glittering cast in David McVicar's 2003 production of Mozart's last opera recorded, in sumptuous surround sound, live at Covent Garden. Recorded in High Definition.

Press Reviews

"This production's slow journey from darkness into the light…works well on the small screen, not least thanks to high-definition camera work and Sue Judd's inspired direction for television. The real magic, though, is supplied by the onstage cast...In Dorothea Röschmann's hands, Pamina emerges not so much a powerless victim of Fate but more as a passionate woman prepared to suffer in the nameof love. Her natural command of the stage is sagely employed by McVicar...Diana Damrau's supremely sung Queen of the Night oozes class, while Simon Keenlyside's profoundly human, touchingly sympathetic view of Papageno deserves an Olivier Award." (Classic fM)
"...a mellow warmth that was deeply satisfying. Simon Keenlyside...a triumph as quite the most engaging Papageno I have ever encountered...With an exceptional Queen of the Night, Diana Damrou, this is an evening no Mozart lover should miss..." (The Mail on Sunday)
Cast
Simon Keenlyside (Papageno)
Dorothea Röschmann (Pamina)
Will Hartmann (Tamino)
Diana Damrau (Queen of the Night)
Franz-Josef Selig (Sarasto)
The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House; Sir Colin Davis



Stage Director: David McVicar
Catalogue Number: OABD7002D
Date of Performance: 2003
Running Time: 185 minutes
Sound: 2.0 PCM & 5.1 DTS
Aspect Ratio: 1080i High Definition / 16:9
Subtitles: EN, FR, DE (EXTRAS ONLY) ES (PAL) EN, ES (NTSC)
Label: Opus Arte

Review

The Magic Flute in the 2003 Covent Garden production has an excellent cast... The acting, particularly Simon Keenlyside s Papageno, is admirable and the extra dialogue on DVD adds to the roundedness of the characters. Sir Colin Davis is a wonderful Mozartian and for less than a quarter of the price of a decent seat this set makes the most sublime pantomime of all for Christmas. --Classical Record Review

It is easy to underestimate the success of the ROH Die Zauberflote , so readily did the comedy flow in David McVicar s sensitive production under Colin Davis s benign direction. [Simon Keenlyside was] a triumph as quite the most engaging Papageno I have encountered, while the Tamino and Pamina of the German pair Will Hartmann and Dorothea Roschmann were stylish and musically satisfying ...an evening no Mozart lover should miss --The Mail on Sunday

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This is a fine production and performance of Die Zauberflote at The Royal Opera House. Colin Davis conducts a musically secure performance which is recognisably traditional in concept. The David McVicar production is effective.

The singing and acting throughout are all excellent features. Simon Keenlyside provides an amusing and secure Papageno and Ailish Tynan matches him with an outlandish Papagena. Dorothea Roschmann performs with the same accuracy and vigour that she showed in Harnoncourt's Tito and Damrau is unassailable as the Queen of the Night and is ably supported by her three bizarrely presented `Ladies'. Sarastro is suitably authoritative and Monostatos and his cronies are equally effective. Tamino is increasingly convincing as the production progresses.

So far then, this is a highly recommended production. But for me there remain question marks to do with the actual recording. Because of the preponderance of dark scenes some viewers may find a problem with digital grain. This is something to consider if your viewing screen is on the larger size and greater than 40 inches for example.

Larger screens will make the digital grain more and more apparent as screen sizes increase. The other issue concerns the very low level of recorded sound which robs the music and the performance musically of impact unless the volume is turned up at least 5-6 DB. This is a lot and will require a sufficiently powerful amplifier. This may be a matter of concern for purchasers with moderate power at their disposal.

In summary therefore - a strong positive for the production (in all respects) but reservations for the recording quality. I would advise checking your replay equipment's compatibility bearing in mind the above technical observations.
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I have seen this production at the Royal Opera House a few times, and always enjoyed it. But the first time I saw it Miss Damrau stole the show, just the best Queen of the Night I have ever seen. A magnificent cast all round , Allen, Keenlyside et al, a joy to watch over and over again [and I have]. A good production enjoyable to watch, neither too realistic nor to abstract. Watch out for Keenlyside's Papageno. As miss Damrau is no longer singing the Queen of the Night this is the closest one can get to seeing her live. I cannot reccommend it highly enough.
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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.
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This is my favourite Die Zauberflöte and I appreciate it greater, the more I watch it. I don't feel that at the moment it is necessary to give a review of the actual production as this has been well discussed for the original DVD release, see below;

Mozart: Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) -- Royal Opera House/Davis [2003]

However I made the decision to upgrade to Blu-ray last month and I cannot wholly express how wonderful this production is to watch in the crisp picture and sound quality that this new format offers!

Although today, the number of operas available on Blu-ray may not warrant upgrading one's home cinema setup yet, the victory in the format war with HD-DVD and the work of opusarte to expand their range are making this investment increasingly worthwhile!
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We are spoilt by many, many exceptional versions of Die Zauberflöte but this one is difficult to beat. Blu ray and opera is the most perfect combination! This disc alone is worth the purchase of a Blu ray player!!
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Overall very good performance, especially Damrau's Queen of the Night is unreplacable. I have heard a number of Queen of the Night, but I believe she is the best, and regret she had declared she would not sing this role. Others like Josef-Selig, Keenlyside, Roeshmann were also very, very good. Haltman was not too bad, but paled compared to them.
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It does not get much better than this, with a superb cast and Colin Davies in the Pit. Special mention for Simon Kennlyside and Dorothea Roschmann and of course Diana Damrau, but the whole was brilliant. To top it off we have David McVicars producing it. This recording is highly recommended.
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