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    Honestly the sets and costumes are not to my liking either. I should have been more specific. When I say they can't be beat on DVD I am really only referring to the orchestra and singers.

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    After a year I finally got around to watching Acts 2 & 3 of the Lepage Siegfried. On the whole I'm very impressed. Act 2 was excellent and Morris was exemplary. In the scene where Mime is plotting the death of Siegfried, unaware that Siegfried understands every word, the look of hurt and disappointment on Siegfried's face is heart-breaking. After all Mime is the only person he has known all of his life and to find out that Mime's hatred of him extends to wanting to kill him is a savage blow indeed. Very enjoyable Act 2.

    Act 3 too is pretty good too. The Wanderer/Erda scene is very fine and Patricia Bardon is excellent as is Terfel. I feel that the Wanderer suits his voice more. The Siegfried/Wanderer exchange is terrific. I'm not convinced totally about Voigt's voice and I feel that she's a little over-parted. But the awakening is good enough and on the whole the good stuff outweighs the not so good stuff.

    Next up Gotterdammerung. At my current rate of watching watch this space in 2020!!

    Addendum: on further reflection Deborah Voigt is a little wayward with regard to pitch and timing. I hear a tendency to go slightly flat and sometimes wander out of sync with the orchestra.
    Last edited by Barbebleu; Mar-05-2019 at 23:34.
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