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Strauss; Salome [DVD] [2010]

4.2 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Nadja Michael, Michaela Schuster, Thomas Moser, Joseph Kaiser, Michael Volle
  • Directors: David McVicar (Stage Director), Philippe Jordan (Conductor)
  • Format: Anamorphic, Classical, Colour, DTS Surround Sound, DVD-Video, PAL, Subtitled, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: Dutch, English, French, Italian, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Opus Arte
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Sept. 2008
  • Run Time: 168 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001E08TDK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 123,503 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

Product Description

David McVicar's powerful 2008 production of Oscar Wilde's bible-based drama takes the controversially disturbing film Salò as its visual reference, setting it in a debauched palace in Nazi Germany. Strauss's ravishing and voluptuous score adds to the sexual alchemy conjured by an international cast led by Nadja Michael in the title role. Filmed for the big screen with High Definition cameras and recorded in true surround sound.

Warning: Contains nudity and scenes of violence.

Press Reviews

"Nadia Michael's Salome can sing and dance with comparable flair and accuracy. Thomas Moser's Herod is genuinely moving...The orchestra plays spendidly under Philippe Jordan and Jonathan Haswell's photography is more imaginative than the work of his colleague at La Scala." (The Penguin Guide)
"McVicar, a director who rarely puts a foot wrong, has once again put his stamp on a great work, making you view it afresh." (Musicomh.com)
"Philippe Jordan seems to have balanced his orchestra extremely well for both house and cast and is especially alert to the most modern twists of Strauss's harmonies. The filming (Jonathan Haswell) is sensitive to David McVicar's work while being much more than merely a static record." (Gramophone)
Cast
Nadja Michael (Salome)
Michaela Schuster (Herodias)
Thomas Moser (Herod)
Joseph Kaiser (Narraboth)
Michael Volle (Jokanaan)
The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House; Philippe Jordan

Stage Director: David McVicar
Catalogue Number: OA0996D
Date of Performance: 2008
Running Time: 169 minutes
Sound: DTS Surround 5.1; LPCM Stereo
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Anamorphic
Subtitles: EN, FR, DE, ES, IT
Label: Opus Arte

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I saw this live at the ROH. It was so good that I had to go and see it again, when it was revived for the ROH in summer 2010 (with Angela Denoke at the title role the second time; Denoke was also excellent).

Ignore all the disturbing references to 120 days of Sodom and Nazi Germany in the Product Description. This production is not remotely as extreme as all that implies. The production was such a magnificent and historical one for Covent Garden, that one absolutely has to "own it" in any way possible. As a complete whole work, it has to be the best staging of "Salome" ever. At the time, there were many complaints about Michael's vocal performance not being ideal and about her being a bit shrill. I was personally so carried away by the entire production that I forgot to think of any individual aspects of this, even if (according to some professional critics) Michael's voice was too "harsh" for this role. I haven't felt that: After all, this is a "harsh" opera and hers is a "harsh" part. But then, I am not a qualified, technical person, nor too knowledgeable in classical music. But I didn't find her in any way inferior to other "Salome"s... And, mainly, this staging is so "complete" as a work and every element of it has fallen so perfectly in place that, as a member of the audience, I can not fault anything.

So, why did I give this 4 stars? Well, if I had to find one problem with this DVD (except for the rather high price, that is), it would be that it fails to revive the feelings originally created in the audience's souls by the live performance of this most visceral of productions. Somehow the DVD makes the stage look too dark and there are too many close-ups on the singers' faces and body movements.
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By ziggy_fan TOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 Jun. 2011
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One of the key features of this production is the quality of the acting. Often forgotten in the old days of opera when singing quality was paramount of course, but good appearance and good acting were each a bonus if they came along too. There is no doubt that the cast was picked for having both singing AND acting ability, and a lot of good looking people in the fairly young cast too. A part that was strikingly brought to the fore this way was Narraboth. Beautifully sung and convincingly anguished characterisation too. There is also the gradual build up and retention of the huge cast on stage. When a lot of small singing parts had done their bit, they remained on stage but enhanced the menacing atmosphere with their subtle body language acting. A lot of good camera work honing on their facial expressions which adds to the effect. The executioner is there on stage from the start and adds a certain poignancy, and his descent to and ascent back from the pit done with great effect in time with the music and the blood spattering at the end did not seem gratuitous for such gruesome work. I am not sure why the nakedness was such a big feature of his role at the end, I don't know if it was done to bring about the bloody images at the end to greater glistening effect. But he is a handsome fella, so ... No problems there.

Salome is sung very well, not the sweetest tone, but it is pitch perfect and she does look and act the part very well. The orchestra play with precision and thus conducting was also very good. The constant shift of the score from the lush exotic and rich harmony to edge of the seat harsh dissonance (used to great effect by Strauss) is clear and perfectly executed.
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The violence, the torment, the provocation, the revenge, all brilliantly portrayed. I would have preferred the setting to be darker: in the story much play is made with things barely seen in splashes of moonlight.
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