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Excellent, traditional production
on 24 November 2012
Just to be clear this review is of the Berlin Opera production of Die Tote Stadt starring James King and Karan Armstrong. (The 4 reviews currently attached to this DVD are actually of the Opera du Rhin production starring Torsten Kerl and Angela Denoke. This is a mistake that Amazon have also made elsewhere and I have emailed them to complain).
Of the three versions of this opera available on DVD I would recommend both this version and the Opera du Rhin version. The Opera du Rhin production is very dramatic at times, which I like, and it is very well performed. Unfortunately the production is rather unclear - you are not always sure what an earth is going on. The Berlin Opera production on the other hand is very clear, quite traditional and follows very well the spirit of Georges Rodenbach's original novel 'Bruges-la-morte'. Both prductions change Korngold's improbable and anti-climatic happy ending. To me the changed ending seems preferable ( Korngold had himself changed Georges Rodenbach's end).
The Berlin Opera performance is very well sung and acted. It was filmed at the theatre but without an audience, giving the recording team maximum flexibility, so that the audio and video quality are excellent for time (1983).