I thoroughly enjoyed this DVD although a few years back now it had so much majesty and all the Greek pathos was there. The Met Purest and Authentic productions of the 80,s and early 90,s are still so monumental. I have mentioned many times that I am not generally a lover of Pop Opera as I call it with silly costumes and next to nothing stage settings. I feel cheated out of Theatre magic but that's only my opinion. This was Grand and colourful and exactly how you want Greek stories to be portrayed. I didn't quite get the men,s feathers around the ankles - made them look a bit like Fighting Cocks but maybe that was also authentic! Talking about the Opera itself, this is a very borderline opera come oratorio. Its very static apart from a few dramatic moments with most of the well known story taking place out of view with the pratagonists giving a running commentary. That seems to have been Berlioz intention so you cant do much with that. All the leading characters were brilliant. The two main Sopranos Excellent. Jessie Norman has the best monologues and was formidable. Domingo was quite weak in his portrayal but there is not much to work on dramatically anyway. He did say that initially he was not happy with the part! James Levine as always marched us through all the everchanging moods of the music with his complete understanding giving a rousing and effective account. Of course this is a rambling and lengthy Opera but I wanted a good account to my collection and I got one! Recommended
2 people found this helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?