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Would have made Spartans very happy
11 May 2012
An absolute MASTERPIECE of an Opera performed. Wonderfully Sung, excellently acted and beautifully depicted. I have been familiar with this work for a long time, and was delighted when I saw the listing. Bought it, and I can assure you that even a new listener could find the music of this piece almost instantly appealing. The genius of de Falla could not be better represented.
That as a blu-ray production, it is monotonous on the eye. You are stuck with a dimly lit stage where you feel like shining a torch at times. At least the well known popular dances could have had better and brighter lighting. The net result being that the production could well have been just a DVD. That is how dull and monotonous the lighting is.
Just four main soloists, of which the principal character hogs 75% of the singing... lends itself to a minimalist production. No complaints about that. BUT. that just does not mean that it should be done in candle-light throughout. That is where this production gets my gall. Maybe, as a live performance - it may have been a visual treat... but not so on a disc. Sorry.
Being a lover of the music of this Opera, I would still say, go for it... Everything else is just wonderful.