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    Otto Schenk, along with Zeffirelli, is probably the name that comes up most when people think of beautiful, conservative stagings--for better or worse.


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    Sir Richard Eyre, still one more multi-talented British director, has also tried his hand at opera. His Royal Opera House Traviata can be seen in two different DVD offerings, along with his Met Carmen.


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    Petr Weigl is best known for his powerful filmed versions of operas.


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    Pierre Audi, the French-Lebanese artistic director of The Netherlands Opera, has done striking abstracted productions of Wagner's Ring cycle and the Monteverdi series.



    His work in that visual style extends from Rameau to modern composers like Messiaen and Tan Dun.


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    Quote Originally Posted by amfortas View Post
    Sir Richard Eyre, still one more multi-talented British director, has also tried his hand at opera. His Royal Opera House Traviata can be seen in two different DVD offerings, along with his Met Carmen.
    That was somewhat meh. And slightly nonsensical at times. I did not like it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aksel View Post
    That was somewhat meh. And slightly nonsensical at times. I did not like it.
    Eyre's Carmen had some intense moments, particularly the final scene. But I thought the updating to the Spanish Civil War was done to no particular effect. A much more developed use of the same concept was Frank Corsaro's old New York City Opera production, sadly not available on video. In that one, Carmen and her band of smugglers were clearly revolutionary guerillas. When she raised her fist to cry out "Libre elle est née et libre elle mourra," it was a political as well as personal statement. Her death and Don José's final sobs were accompanied by the sound of gunfire breaking out inside the bull ring.

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    amfortas, I agree with your opinion on your various selections above almost without exception... but the 'almost' part indicates that there is indeed an exception. I profoundly disliked that Castor et Pollux Audi staging. I'm perplex at the fact that you and Nat like it.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Claus Guth is resposible for some of the more puzzling DVDs of recent times. I love his "dying by inches in the forest" DG, find Nozze and the Messiah quite intriguing, and have absolutely no idea what is going on in Fierrabras:



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    Quote Originally Posted by Almaviva View Post
    amfortas, I agree with your opinion on your various selections above almost without exception... but the 'almost' part indicates that there is indeed an exception. I profoundly disliked that Castor et Pollux Audi staging. I'm perplex at the fact that you and Nat like it.
    That's OK. I'm perplexed at half the things I like, too.

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    Carlus Padrissa, the Spanish director and co-founder of La Fura dels Baus performance group, has devised wild productions involving striking projected imagery combined with onstage acrobatics. The group's Salzburg Damnation de Faust met with limited success, but their Valencia Ring cycle was a fascinating project, at least visually. There have been widely mixed reviews for their latest Berlioz effort, a futuristic Les Troyens.


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    Quote Originally Posted by amfortas View Post
    Carlus Padrissa, the Spanish director and co-founder of La Fura dels Baus performance group, has devised wild productions involving striking projected imagery combined with onstage acrobatics. The group's Salzburg Damnation de Faust met with limited success, but their Valencia Ring cycle was a fascinating project, at least visually. There have been widely mixed reviews for their latest Berlioz effort, a futuristic Les Troyens.

    Yep, yep, and yep.
    [Alma thinks - I find myself agreeing with this amfortas person a lot. He must be a smart guy.]
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    Quote Originally Posted by Almaviva View Post
    Yep, yep, and yep.
    [Alma thinks - I find myself agreeing with this amfortas person a lot. He must be a smart guy.]
    Alma makes his first big mistake!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mamascarlatti View Post
    Claus Guth is resposible for some of the more puzzling DVDs of recent times. I love his "dying by inches in the forest" DG, find Nozze and the Messiah quite intriguing, and have absolutely no idea what is going on in Fierrabras:



    Add to this the Zaide + Adama I've just reviewed and loved. But that Nozze, ugh, it was a complete mess, in spite of the luminous presence of a certain Russian girl. You need to be pretty bad to still be able to ruin a production featuring that girl.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Jürgen Flimm, a German theater and opera director, is represented on DVD by two Fidelios (the Met and Zurich), along with an interesting Zurich Traviata and a memorable Met Salome.



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    I've always admired Peter Sellars for his stunning work on L'amour de loin (I've never seen any of his "bad" productions, but honestly I think this guy's a sort of "mad genius" director).

    Wieland Wagner (or was it Wolfgang? I have trouble keeping my Wagners straight) I haven't seen much of, but I like the idea of very minimal staging.

    Patrice Chereau I like for the sheer grit of his design. It's wonderful; impact and immediacy.

    Any Ring staging I've found I dislike, but that's not aimed at any particular director...I don't think I have a director that I dislike yet. I've had luck in not finding Eurotrash etc. in my few DVD's.

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