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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb production of a very bleak opera., 8 Aug. 2008
This review is from: Die Tote Stadt Pal [DVD] [2002] (DVD)
Die Tote Stadt - Korngold [2001]

Korngold must have been fascinated by Georges Rodenbach's 1892 novel "Bruges la morte" as he not only composed the music he also wrote the libretto with his father under the pseudonym Paul Schott.

Traumatised from the death of his obsessively loved wife Paul (Torsten Kerl) is now locked into obsessive grief and has locks of her hair made into a wig attached to a doll he carries everywhere, retreating into a nightmare world of dream and delusion (there is no reality in this opera) where he has a relationship (or maybe not) with a dancer (Angel Denoke) in a comedia del arte group.

This superb production with very fine singing (the principals are a triumph), and a stage set that haunts the imagination and draws us into Paul's dark self delusion, all with fine orchestral support, photography and sound.

No opera lover should miss this, but perversely you may feel like me that this production is so successful in portraying the Paul's nightmare world that one viewing is sufficient for a very long time.

Simply amazing.
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Initial post: 18 Jan 2015 19:10:56 GMT
Thank you for such an appreciative review, which has decided me in favour of purchasing this version of the opera.
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