Five Operas from Glyndebourne with designs by Maurice Sendak: Where the Wild Things are / Higglety Pigglety Pop! / L'Enfant et les Sortilèges / L'Heure Espagnole / The Love of Three Oranges [DVD]  [NTSC]
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A three-volume collection of operas based on the books of the celebrated children's author and illustrator Maurice Sendak. The set features 'Where the Wild Things Are/Higglety Pigglety Pop', 'Love of Three Oranges' and 'L'Heure Espagnole'.
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My favourite opera in this set is Prokofiev's (Love of three oranges), followed by the Ravel I mentioned above. My least favourite is Knussen's Higgledy Piggledy Pop - surreal to say the least, but interesting music.
Where the wild things are has some great costumes, the singing is fine and the sets imaginative. The music is difficult if you are a lover of melody, our young viewers to whom I think this set is aimed were not impressed. They did like the wild things though.
Higglety Pigglety Pop is simple music, a clear story and and the puppets are fine, enjoyed by all.
L'enfant et les sortilege, this was received well, and the music and voices are appropriate. Costumes very well done.
Probably the best is L'heure Espagnole, although the theme is rather more adult, it was enjoyed by all as it works at all levels. Singing good, characters amusing and pantomimish in approach.
The whole set is a vehicle for Sendak, who has a vivid imagination, I thought at first it was aimed as an introduction to opera for children, but it works very well for this old boy!
My friends grandchildren whom we tried it out on over a week or two, gave it a mixed reception, different ages liking different operas, not suprising I suppose.
On the second disc both 'L'enfant et les Sortileges and L'Heure Espanole by Ravel made fascinating watching and listening. Although it was well produced and performed I wasn't quite so keen on 'The Love of Three Oranges' by Prokofiev, which always seems to me to be a rather 'over the top' kind of opera, in which everything is done rather too well. This may sound strange and not over clear, but I don't know how else to put it. Happily, other viewers will think differently.
On the whole both sound and picture quality are good, especially the sound quality. Filled with imagination, these works are well geared to delight and inspire discerning children and other viewers and listeners. Best of all, they are the kind of entertainment that can be watched and listened to over and over again without ever tiring of them.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Perfect for my grandsons as an introduction to opera. I found I needed the subtitles though, even though the language was English.Published on 2 Aug. 2014 by Brenda Scofield
If you plan on watching these operas with English subtitles, then ignore these comments. I speak French and some Russian, and though I am used to the stupid omission of Russian... Read morePublished on 13 Aug. 2013 by Max