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    Question Wagner on DVD...Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg

    What's your DVD choice for this magnificent
    opera?
    When all else fails, listen to Thick as a Brick.

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    Fortunately we have a very good modern HD picture & sound version with great production by David McVicar, and Finley is a marvelous Sachs, the Walther used here is the weak link however.........




    When I see the town square scences I am more reminded of Dicken's era England than a town from Germany, any minute I expect to see Oliver Twist and the artful dodger amongst the crowd......
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    Quote Originally Posted by DarkAngel View Post
    Fortunately we have a very modern HD picture & sound version with great production by David McVicar, and Finley is a marvelous Sachs, the Walther used here is the weak link however.........




    When I see the town square scences I am more reminded of Dicken's era London than a town from Germany, any minute I expect to see Oliver Twist and the artful dodger amongst the crowd......
    Second this one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DarkAngel View Post
    Fortunately we have a very good modern HD picture & sound version with great production by David McVicar, and Finley is a marvelous Sachs, the Walther used here is the weak link however.........
    I agree about this one, by far the best video Meistersinger available. Pity about the Walther, though...

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    no one for the Levine/Met?
    When all else fails, listen to Thick as a Brick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Itullian View Post
    no one for the Levine/Met?
    If the new McVicar production did not exist then yeah we go with MET or earlier Bayreuth Stein........
    However both have old 4:3 picture format and weaker sound quality




    Vocally MET is great cast, Heppner fine voice but very heavy for film (romantic leading man) and generic acting skills
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    I agree with . . . every post in this thread.
    Alan

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    Of the one's I've seen I'll go with the Levine Met, but I haven't seen the Glyndebourne!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Itullian View Post
    no one for the Levine/Met?
    Ben Heppner looks older than his future father-in-law and is frankly ludicrous visually as a young knight. The Eva also looks middle aged which she probably was.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidA View Post
    Ben Heppner looks older than his future father-in-law
    Well, that's because Heppner IS older than Rene Pape, by eight years. The blame lies with whoever did their makeup.

    and is frankly ludicrous visually as a young knight.
    As opposed to Marco Jentzsch on the Glyndebourne DVD, who is ludicrous vocally. It's hard to imagine him winning any song contest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wkasimer View Post
    Well, that's because Heppner IS older than Rene Pape, by eight years. The blame lies with whoever did their makeup.
    What? Ben Heppner *still* doesn't look like a dashing young knight? More makeup!
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    Quote Originally Posted by amfortas View Post
    What? Ben Heppner *still* doesn't look like a dashing young knight? More makeup!
    I'm sure that the Met could have found a prettier tenor to sing Walther. Unfortunately, they'd probably have coughed up a lung during during Act 3.

    Given a choice between voice and physique, I'll take voice - every time. Fat people fall in love. Bad singers don't win singing contests.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wkasimer View Post
    Given a choice between voice and physique, I'll take voice - every time. Fat people fall in love. Bad singers don't win singing contests.
    Don't get me wrong, I love Heppner's Walther. Just more for Solti than for Levine.
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    I have 5 Meistersinger DVDs. Unfortunatly, I have only watched two of them. No, nothing unfortunate about it because that means I get to watch them for the first time yet. So I watched Levin and Mackerras. Like both, but Levine was excellent but for the fat Walther. I believe the others in my unwatched pile are Jurowski, Stein, and De Burgos!

    Well, i have 2.5 more Fanciullas to watch before I consider my unwatched pile.
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    Yup, I had a friend in high school that was very fat and
    he got a very pretty girlfriend.
    When all else fails, listen to Thick as a Brick.

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