Ha ha - nur in Deutschland! You've got to hand it to them, that's some seriously classy Eurotrash. Thankyou for posting this - best laugh I've had in ages!
09 July 2013 at 11:58 PM
There are some good ideas unfortunatly buried underneath the dross. It didn't annoy me as much as I thought it would be neither did it particularly illuminate the story - though I suspect that was intentional.
Some great singing though and it will interesting to see if anything has changed in the revival next Season when Kaufmann revisits the role.
10 July 2013 at 09:11 AM
Oh, I dunno. For me it was better than Lohengrin Builds a House. I quite liked the costumes and steampunk sets, and I assume that's the zombified gypsy mum roaming nude around the set. But then, I've never seen the opera as deep. I thought Harterons was brilliant, but while I adore Jonas, I thought he sounded tired.
10 July 2013 at 03:44 PM
I, too, saw this performance and I hated it. The staging was grotesque, a mockery of Verdi's masterpiece. It was in the teeth of both the music and the libretto. It was second-rate cabaret sleaze spiced up with a bit of soft pornography. It utterly ruined the musical experience.
The singing, and at a Festival performance mark you, was very ordinary overall. Miss Harteros was, to my ear, frequently not quite on the note, and the Ferrando was, to my ear, decidedly off the note and wobbly to boot. The Azucena was fair only. The baritone, Mr Nitikin, was, to my ear, consistently good. Mr Kaufmann, the star of the evening, was generally good, but I do not believe that this type of role is really suited to his beautiful voice. The climax of "Di quella pira" was to me very much a hit and miss affair.
But that staging! How sad that the House of Sawallisch, of Kleiber, of Otto Schenk, to name but a few of the titans of yesteryear, has come to this.
10 July 2013 at 05:13 PM
No!!! They've removed it now. I wonder if there are any more links to it? :-(
10 July 2013 at 06:50 PM
Try here, Faye: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vV42smG18Eo
Intermezzo replies - This is (ropy) audio-only of an earlier show, for anyone interested.
10 July 2013 at 11:13 PM
11 July 2013 at 12:18 AM
In case anybody missed it...
11 July 2013 at 02:46 AM
Markov, not Nikitin. I can't understand why people keep confusing these two - its not like they look alike & they don't even share a fach.
I found the staging quite unsatisfying - a suitably grotesque pageant of theme, but little or no personregie, which, to my taste, would have made the whole thing a lot more interesting. Especially Di Luna who Markov seems to play as an out-and-out bad guy, which seems an unusual choice these days.
Also, find it strange that no one really talks about the Munich chor - I find them consistently grating and flat, with no flexibility for tempi and little or no blend, especially with tenors. Cannot believe that Munich with its obvious aspirations to be the world's top opera house are content with the chor as is. They also need a new music director IMO.
11 July 2013 at 12:55 PM
oh the chorus in Munich, but honestly since they have the new chorus master they have improved immensely!!! (Imagine how they were before ;-)) i found them quite ok from what i heard this time around, but sadly the Miserere was always messed up, too loud, chaotic, maybe something to do with too little light, not seeing conductor or whatever...
And yes, if they are to become one of the top houses (as they have obvious ambitions) it will not work until they decide to spend some real money on really great conductors, not just a few star singers. 2 star singers don't make a world class opera house ;-) The new MD is Kirill Petrenko, when Nagano leaves so it will be interesting to see how things change.
11 July 2013 at 03:30 PM
also agree about the lack of detailed character direction in this production, too much business on stage and too little focus on the singers which is a pity
11 July 2013 at 03:33 PM
And it's back on YouTube - but for how long who knows!
13 July 2013 at 11:57 AM
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