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    If you want your Lully looking and sounding like something the Sun King would have seen, turn to Benjamin Lazar:

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    Quote Originally Posted by mamascarlatti View Post
    If you want your Lully looking and sounding like something the Sun King would have seen, turn to Benjamin Lazar.
    Now *there's* a name I don't know! Thanks, mama!

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    Quote Originally Posted by World Violist View Post
    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).
    Maybe you mean these:



    Fine in my eyes until the last scene where I got distracted from the beautiful music by all the palaver with the lethal injection.



    The original DG as dissolute drug addict, but now shows its 80s origins with too much big hair and shoulder pads. Should be renamed "Desperately Seeking Don Giovanni".
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    Tim Albery directed the recent stunning Billy Budd from Glyndebourne - life on board a ship couldn't be conveyed more vividly than this:



    He also did this excellent Peter Grimes for ENO, with the late great Philip Langridge:

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    Wayne McGregor brought his choreographer's sensibility to two pieces from ROH, where dancers shadow each singer. I thought this worked particularly well for Acis and Galatea, while I didn't enjoy the predominance of jerky movements in Dido and Aeneas.



    Another successful dance-inspired DVD is this one directed by Trisha Brown, which shows that Simon Keenlyside can add dancing to his existing accomplishments of singing, acting, zoology and looking inscrutable in interviews.

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    Stein Winge, a Norwegian theatre director who seems to have specialised in Shakespeare (judging from the wiki article which is in Norwegian so I might have got it wrong), did a wonderful job of making Katerina Izmailova sympathetic rather than monstrous in this great DVD:

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    Quote Originally Posted by amfortas View Post
    Peter Konwitschny, another German, is an idiosyncratic, often puzzling director. He did the infamous, wildly uneven "yellow sofa" Tristan (which nonetheless had some very effective moments), a Lohengrin rather arbitrarily set among schoolchildren, and a heavily debunked Gotterdammerung as the last installment of the multi-director Stuttgart Ring. Not everyone's cup of tea, and for the most part not mine.
    I've only seen his Don Carlos which as you say was uneven, but still made me focus on aspects of the opera I hadn't given much thought to. This production should almost be renamed "Eboli" as she is the most interesting character - the whole of Phlip's monologue follows what has obviously been a night of passion with her, and she is even present (in hiding) during the confrontation with Elisabetta.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mamascarlatti View Post
    If you want your Lully looking and sounding like something the Sun King would have seen, turn to Benjamin Lazar:
    Indeed. One of the finest Baroque stage prductions as far as staging was concerned. Good catch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mamascarlatti View Post
    I've only seen his Don Carlos which as you say was uneven, but still made me focus on aspects of the opera I hadn't given much thought to. This production should almost be renamed "Eboli" as she is the most interesting character - the whole of Phlip's monologue follows what has obviously been a night of passion with her, and she is even present (in hiding) during the confrontation with Elisabetta.

    I remember you mentioning this production, which I haven't seen, and was hoping you'd weigh in with an opinion. I left it out only because it would have seemed kind of like the odd man out among Konwitschny's Wagner trio.

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    Wolfgang Wagner, perennially overshadowed by his more gifted older brother Wieland, nonetheless kept alive the post-World War II modernist tradition of staging his grandfather's works at Bayreuth. His development can be traced in two versions each of Parsifal and Die Meistersinger, as well as a somewhat truncated Tannhauser.






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    Heiner Müller is considered Germany's foremost 20th-century dramatist after Brecht. He was also a noted theatre director, but made only one foray into opera--a memorable 1993 Tristan und Isolde at Bayreuth. Abstracted, cool, definitely not for all tastes, it remains my favorite production of this great work. Sadly, Müller died two years later, the same year this video record was made.


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    I have been reminded of some of my favorite and least favourite directors.

    Sir Richard Erye, well I have recently bought the widely acclaimed Carmen with Garanca and Alagna and I quite liked it but I must say that Garanca takes a lot of believing as Carmen. This is not the directors fault, except maybe ithe wig!

    Pierre Audi, Peter Konwitschny and Harry Kupfer have all done Ring cycles or at least part of the cycle on DVD and I have enjoyed all of them. For Konwitschny I have not seen his Don Carlos -I would like to as I really like Ramon Vargas. However, I have seen his Lohengrin set in a classroom and I must admit it turned me off, or maybe it was the singers.

    Willy Decker and his new Moses und Aron which is stunning. I enjoyed his Don Carlos from Amsterdam with Villazon, so much better I think than the more recent Covent Garden DVD.

    Claus Guth is not one I am familiar with having non of his productions on DVD so I would quite like to either of his Cosi Fan Tutti's or his Don Giovanni set in the woods.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yashin View Post
    Willy Decker . . . I enjoyed his Don Carlos from Amsterdam with Villazon, so much better I think than the more recent Covent Garden DVD.
    I like that production as well. It's relentlessly "conceptual"--the entire work staged in the huge crypt of the Escorial, overshadowed by the enormous feet of Christ hanging from an impossibly large crucifix. But though Decker, as usual, is far from subtle, somehow his heavy-handedness works for me in evoking the oppressive, stifling atmosphere of Verdi's Counter-Reformation Spanish court.
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    Stéphane Braunschweig, an acclaimed French theatre and opera director, is represented on DVD by two interesting minimalist productions: Die Walkure, from his Aix-en-Provence Ring cycle, and Don Carlo, from La Scala.


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    Well, I haven't seen any of Emilio Sagi productions on DVD yet but I did saw his Le Nozze Di Figaro live in Teatro Real, Madrid, two months ago. A visually beautiful and traditional, but not boring, production. It seems some of his productions have been released on DVD as well.


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