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    Quote Originally Posted by Aramis View Post
    I know and admire all those productions yet never really acknowledged his name, nor even knew that one person is behind them all
    Such is the thankless role of the director, too often relegated to the shadows. Is it any wonder they've taken such Regietheater revenge in recent times?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mamascarlatti View Post
    That endless stage in the Ring is a stroke of genius. Less is more, Mr Lepage.
    Most impressive use of stage depth I've ever seen in an opera: Kupfer's Bayreuth Ring (the endless highway fading off into eternity).

    Most impressive use of stage width I've ever seen in an opera: Carsen's Salzburg Rosenkavalier (five lavish, identical rooms side by side in Act I; a *huge* dinner table with seemingly hundreds of chairs and servants in Act II).

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    Actually having been rude to Mr Lepage about his elephantine Ring, I like his other productions:

    This captures the paranoid inverted world of the book very well:



    The updating to 50's US works in this:



    And the Damnation de Faust that you can see on Met Player, which makes inventive and apposite use of projections, is one of the most visually arresting productions I have ever seen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by amfortas View Post
    Most impressive use of stage depth I've ever seen in an opera: Kupfer's Bayreuth Ring (the endless highway fading off into eternity)
    Yes, that's what I meant. It's a stroke of genius.

    Most impressive use of stage width I've ever seen in an opera: Carsen's Salzburg Rosenkavalier (five lavish, identical rooms side by side in Act I; a *huge* dinner table with seemingly hundreds of chairs and servants in Act II).
    Do you know there I was thinking complacently that my opera DVD spending spree is going to trail off, I have pretty much anything I want, and then there you are blatantly tempting me. aaargh.
    Natalie

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    Patrice Chereau has had a long, impressive career, from his famous centennial Bayreuth Ring (best Walkure ever!) to more recent offerings like his La Scala Tristan and Janacek's House of the Dead from Aix.


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    Quote Originally Posted by amfortas View Post
    Nikolaus Lehnhoff, for his challenging Wagner productions:



    Also his earlier series of Janacek operas at Glyndebourne, with conducter Andrew Davis:

    You're right. I own four of the above DVDs, and they are all four good in terms of staging.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Yes, I think Lepage has done well in his other productions, the current Ring excepted.

    Whoever did that La Pietra del Paragone with the flying pancakes is a genius as well.
    Edit: his name is Pierrick Sorin - does anybody know of something else by him?

    The Valencia Ring by La Fura dels Baus has beautiful staging (but with ugly costumes and questionable musical values)
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    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Andrei Serban, famous as a director of spoken theatre, has had some strong forays into opera as well. His Les Indes Galantes is a favorite here, but he's also done a lively L'Italiana in Algeri and a fascinating recasting of Werther as a Douglas Sirk-style 1950's Hollywood melodrama.


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    Nicholas Hytner is responsible for probably the best Cosi fan Tutte available, a sprightly Cunning Little Vixen, and a mixed-reviewed staging of Don Carlo that appears in both the Royal Opera House DVD and the Met HD broadcast.


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    Julie Taymor is known more for Broadway and film, but she's done a brilliant Oedipus Rex and a beautiful Magic Flute at the Met.


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    Jean-Pierre Ponnelle always brought a stylized, Baroque sensibility to his work. He was probably best known for his series of Monteverdi and Mozart films.




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    Sir Peter Hall, noted Shakespearean director, also staged numerous operas at Glyndebourne and the Royal Opera House, often featuring his then-wife Maria Ewing.


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    John Dexter, another English theatre director, did some of the more successful traditional opera productions at the Met.


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    John Schlesinger, yet another English stage and film director, was also responsible for some lavish, effective traditional stagings.


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    Elijah Moshinsky, an Australian director (though born in China), was long an established figure at the Royal Opera House and the Met.


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