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Very interesting "Magic Flute for kids"
TheLittleSongbird from United Kingdom
4 January 2012
I think this DVD is perfect for any child introducing themselves to
opera and for opera enthusiasts in general. I was certainly enthralled,
and it seemed that the children responded very optimistically to the
performance. As a performance it is abridged with the Queen of the
Night's first aria and a lot of the more masonic-sounding music cut,
and while I understand why they were included for me the English
subtitles took away from the performance's spontaneous feel.
However, it is beautifully filmed and recorded, and the costumes and
settings are beautifully fashioned. Die Zauberflote was always the most
challenging of Mozart's operas to stage, but this performance does a
great job with the staging. The music is magnificent, and is performed
with an understanding of the style and the conducting from Levine is
sympathetic and not too broad as I found in the 1991 Met production.
The performances are generally great. Peter Schreier sings beautifully
if too stiff in places, and Ileana Cotrubas is a moving Pamina. Kurt
Rydll doesn't quite erase memories of Moll or Talvela but his Sarastro
is noble and firm as he should be. The three ladies are excellent in
presence and in blending, with Edda Mosser as the first lady especially
Faring best are Zdzislawa Donat as a very imperiously chilling Queen of
the Night, Der Halle Roche is an absolute triumph, and Christian Boesch
who makes for a very charming and funny Papagaeno. Speaking of Boesch,
he explains in narrative form the plot of the opera, the notion of
opera and why it is sung and spoken. Not only is this done to the point
and with enthusiasm, Boesch brings a grace and humour to it too.
Overall, very interesting and definitely worth looking out for. 8/10
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