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Region free (not Region 1)
on 27 February 2016
Just so every prospective buyer knows: the Amazon listing gives a region warning - I emailed them to let them know this Bluray release is region free, it will play on all bluray players regardless of the country. Amazon have confirmed this after investigating, however at the time of writing this review they have not removed the warning.
Now for the review of the opera production itself:
Beautifully played by the orchestra, beautifully sung by the cast, but the greatness of the music isn't really reflected by the staging, which in the last act stays by the cabin in the woods even though they're supposed to be transported to Kitezh. The libretto is very ambiguous, so if the staging is also ambiguous then it doesn't connect with the audience. The video and audio quality are first rate though.