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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-91)

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Mozart: Così fan tutte, K588

Mozart: Così fan tutte, K588

Recorded live at the Glyndebourne Festival Opera in June & July 2006.


Miah Persson (Fiordiligi), Anke Vondung (Dorabella), Ainhoa Garmendia (Despina), Topi Lehtipuu (Ferrando), Luca Pisaroni (Guglielmo), Nicolas Rivenq (Don Alfonso)

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment & The Glyndebourne Chorus, Ivan Fischer (conductor) & Nicholas Hytner (stage director)

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Mozart's genius in setting to music Da Ponte's comic play of love, infidelity and forgiveness marks Così fan tutte as one of the great works of art from the Age of Enlightenment. Nicholas Hytner's beautiful production for the Glyndebourne Festival in 2006, with its sure touch and theatrical know-how, lives up to its promise to be 'shockingly traditional', while Iván Fischer teases artful performances from an outstanding international cast of convincing young lovers.

Bonus material:

Illustrated synopsis & cast gallery.

Insights with Iván Fischer, Nicholas Hytner and members of the cast.

‘When I saw this production at Glyndebourne, I thought that it was one of the three perfect operatic performances that I have ever been to. That view is only strengthened by seeing this marvellous DVD, which does the fullest justice to the brilliance of Nicholas Hytner’s production, and the glorious orchestral playing and the magnificent singing under Iván Fischer.’ BBC Music Magazine

PICTURE FORMAT: 1080i
LENGTH: 210 Mins
SOUND: 2.0 & 5.0 TRUEHD
SUBTITLES: EN/FR/DE/ES/IT

“At Glyndebourne, both Despina and Alfonso are played traditionally and with notable brio by Garmendia and Rivenq… the delightful Persson and Vondung make a wholly believable and vocally attractive Fiordiligi and Dorabella, and deliver their music in ideal Mozartian tone and style. ...Fischer conducts with an unassumingly correct sense of timing: brio nicely matched to loving attention to detail.” Gramophone Magazine, June 2007

“When I saw this production at Glyndebourne last May, I thought that it was one of the three perfect operatic performances that I have ever been to. That view is only strengthened by seeing this marvellous DVD, which does the fullest justice to the brilliance of Nicholas Hytner's production, and the glorious orchestral playing and the magnificent singing under Iván Fischer. ..the whole opera is both more funny and more painful, much more painful, than it usually is. We are left at the end bewildered by the treachery of the human heart and delighted by the beauty in the music with which Mozart brings this home to us.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2007 *****

“Dressed in shades of sand and stone by Vicki Mortimer, and bathed in summer light by Paule Constable, Hytner’s period production marries elegance, farce and psychological acuity.” The Independent

“Hytner on Opus Arte succeeded on every front, bringing out the fine qualities of the whole cast, both vocally and dramatically, brilliantly supported by Ivan Fischer...Starriest of all is Miah Persson as Fiordiligi, singing gloriously with pure, even tone...The teamwork as ever at Glyndebourne is superb” Penguin Guide, 2010 ****

“Since 1934 when Glyndebourne revived this then-neglected work and began its run of success it has presented a succession of exemplary stagings all within the parameters of da Ponte's libretto. When this, the latest, was produced it was universally hailed: as faithful a representation of the equivocal comedy as one could wish. That's confirmed by this DVD. Both Despina and Alfonso are played traditionally and with notable brio by Garmendia and Rivenq. The delightful Persson and Vondung make a wholly believable and vocally attractive Fiordiligi and Dorabella, and deliver their music in ideal Mozartian tone and style. Similarly Lehtipuu is a charming and wide-eyed Ferrando and Pisaroni a warm-voiced and personal Guglielmo. They both woo with seductive charm. As reviews at the time reported, Fischer conducts with an unassumingly correct sense of timing and has the inestimable advantage of the OAE's period instruments.” Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

“For me, Nicholas Hytner's sun-drenched, ideally bitter-sweet Glyndebourne Così from 2006 is sheer perfection: the quartet of lovers, particularly Miah Persson's radiant Fiordiligi and Luca Pisaroni's charismatic, conflicted Guglielmo, are superb, and Ivan Fischer presides over the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment with warmth and keen dramatic sensibility. Surely one of the finest opera DVDs of all time.” Katherine Cooper, Presto Classical, December 2014

GGramophone Awards 2007

Finalist - DVD

BBC Music Magazine

DVD Choice - May 2007

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Mozart: Così fan tutte, K588

Mozart: Così fan tutte, K588

Recorded at the Haus für Mozart during the 2009 Salzburg Festival


Miah Persson (Fiordiligi), Isabel Leonard (Dorabella), Topi Lehtipuu (Ferrando), Florian Boesch (Guglielmo), Bo Skovhus (Don Alfonso), Patricia Petibon (Despina)

Wiener Philharmoniker, Adam Fischer

Claus Guth - staging

Director Claus Guth’s production of Mozart’s Da Ponte trilogy for the Salzburg Festival reaches its sensational conclusion with his elegant, stylish production of Così fan tutte from the “Haus für Mozart”. Guth bolsters the unity of the cycle by making ingenious reference to his stagings of the first two works, Le nozze di Figaro and Don Giovanni.

His widely acclaimed production of the trilogy consolidates Guth’s international reputation as one of the most sought-afterstage directors of our time. Among his other major successes are Der fliegende Holländer in Bayreuth and Luisa Miller at the Bavarian State Opera.

Guth assembles a superb ensemble of young singers who toy with love and trust under the cynical gaze of ringmaster Bo Skovhus’ Don Alfonso and his foxy, temperamental sidekick Despina, played by fiery young soprano Patricia Petibon. Baritone Florian Boesch and tenor Topi Lehtipuu ideally complement their frisky partners Miah Persson and Isabel Leonard.

Conductor Adam Fischer keeps the tempi brisk and the Wiener Philharmoniker on their toes in his layered reading of the score.

Picture format BD: 1080i Full HD - 16:9

Sounds formats BD: PCM 2.0, PCM 5.1

Region code: All

Booklet notes: English, German, French

Subtitles: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Français, Español, 日本語

Running time: 191 mins

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“superbly cast, with not a weak link. Bo Skovhus, as a central Mephistophelian operator de nos jours, plays a savage dance-driven double-act with Patricia Petibon's red-haired biker of a Despina...Within a single, minimalist duplex apartment interior, illusion and disillusion constantly shift.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2010 ****

“Guth has drawn marvellously natural acting from this cast (the hammy Despina excepted)...this opera's sisters have never been more gorgeous to behold...The ultra-suave Skovhus's Don Alfonso is a very cool customer indeed, full of cynicism and self-satisfaction...Playing with extreme beauty and technical mastery but not without incisiveness, the Vienna Philharmonic responds aptly to every dramatic nuance.” International Record Review, November 2010

“Guth is deft at choreographing the pain and the embarrassment of "wrong" couples getting together...this is already a mighty contribution to the otherwise rather naturalistic Così filmography. Its musical performances are solid...its acting ones much more than that.” Gramophone Magazine, March 2011

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Mozart: Così fan tutte, K588

Mozart: Così fan tutte, K588

Live Recording from The Zurich Opera House, 2009


Malin Hartelius (Fiordligi), Anna Bonitatibus (Dorabella), Martina Janková (Despina), Javier Camarena (Ferrando), Ruben Drole (Guglielmo), Oliver Widmer (Don Alfonso)

Zurich Opera House, Franz Welser-Möst (conductor) & Sven-Eric Bechtolf (director)

Set Design by Rolf Glittenberg.

Jealous men and unreliable women: Mozart’s “Opera buffa” Così fan tutte is a masterpiece of its genre. This operatic gem which is part comedy, part tragedy is a wry study in love, manipulation and trust. After having cooperated twice before (Le nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni) Così fan tutte was the third and last collaboration of Mozart and librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte. It is a clear-sightedly view of the confusion of human relations and opens up an abyss that seems to go far beyond the framework of a “Dramma giocoso”. In the tension between love and passion, security and selfnegation, faithfulness and betrayal, the couples get lost in emotional chaos. Mozart illustrates these diverse emotions with his sublime music which is in turn poignant and stoic, heartfelt and romantic. A fine cast enriches Mozart’s stirring music. Under Franz Welser-Möst’s fabulous conducting this production of the Zurich Opera House is setting musical standards. In conjunction with the director Sven-Eric Bechtolf, he has developed into one of the leading teams in contemporary music theater. A great score, a famous production and wonderful singers: this Così fan tutte live recorded at the famous Zurich Opera House is a ‘must see’ for opera lovers.

“Franz Welser-Möst’s conducting sets the tone: relaxed but attentive, focused on the individual soloists’ voices but at the same time with an ear for the overall tonal range of the orchestra …” Neue Zürcher Zeitung

“A Mozart ensemble that currently is probably without equal in the opera world. Rapturous applause at the end.” Das Opernglas

Sound Format: PCM Stereo, dts-HD Master Audio 7.1

Picture Format: 16:9

Resolution: 1080i FULL HD

Subtitle Languages: IT, GB, DE, FR, ES, JP

Running Time: 200 mins

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“Bechtholf understands the virtues of stillness and simplicity in the more heartfelt numbers...All the singers respond well to the camera, not least Martina Janková's sexy, hyperactive, often very funny Despina...[Camarena] sings 'Ah, lo veggio' with a fine Italianate ring.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2010

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Mozart: Così fan tutte, K588

Mozart: Così fan tutte, K588

Recorded at the Teatro Real de Madrid, 2013


Anett Fritsch (Fiordiligi), Paola Gardina (Dorabella), Kerstin Avemo (Despina), Juan Francisco Gatell (Ferrando), Andreas Wolf (Guglielmo), William Shimell (Don Alfonso)

Chorus and Orchestra of the Teatro Real de Madrid, Sylvain Cambreling

Staged by 2013 Oscar winner Michael Haneke. Michael Haneke´s film “Amour” won an Oscar for best foreign-language film, the film too won 4 Césars, Palme d´Or (Cannes) and a Golden Globe.

Great reviews about the staging, the performance and the singers.

Bonus: An excellent interview with Michael Haneke about Cosi fan tutte.

Subtitles: I, E, G, F, Sp, Kor, NL. Bonus G, E, F

Sound Format Blu Ray: PCM Stereo, dts-HD MA 5.1

Picture Blu-ray: 1080i 16:9

“No lover of radical productions myself, I found it fascinating. You will, too, provided you forget that Cosi is an opera buffa: this is serious stuff...Within the limits of Haneke's very particular view of the opera, the acting is perfect...The plam for singing goes to Anett Frisch but the rest of the cast, dominated by William Shimell's puppet-master, are not far behind.” Gramophone Magazine, April 2014

“Everyone in the cast collaborates well musically and dramatically, and they can handle the physicality asked of them onstage...Shimell's Don Alfonso is unnervingly suave, seductive, even Mephistophelian at times.” International Record Review, April 2014

“[Shimell performs] the role well, singing strongly with good vocal inflection. The same could be said of all the young quartet of lovers with Anett Frisch as Fiordiligi being particularly notable in Come scoglio...the production involve[s] more sex and violence than humour.” MusicWeb International, 23rd January 2014

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Mozart: Così fan tutte, K588

Mozart: Così fan tutte, K588

Recorded: Salzburger Festspiele, 1983


Margaret Marshall (Fiordiligi), Ann Murray (Dorabella), Francisco Araiza (Ferrando), James Morris (Guglielmo), Sesto Bruscantini (Don Alfonso) & Kathleen Battle (Despina)

Wiener Philharmoniker, Riccardo Muti (conductor) & Michael Hampe (director)

Riccardo Muti had made a sensational Salzburg debut in 1971, and this Cosi fan tutte was his first Mozart opera at the festival. It was acclaimed by both the general public and international critics, who were virtually unanimous in their praise of the aesthetic quality of the production.

Muti was praised for his authoritative approach to Mozart's music, while the remarkably homogeneous team of international soloists was equally applauded. The singers form an admirably cohesive ensemble and all of them are outstanding Mozart singers.

The production became a staple at the Salzburg Festival and hugely popular with audiences. Muti gives both the musicians and the audience time to appreciate Mozart's music in all its beauty, formal mastery and, above all, in the endless variety of its depiction of human foibles.

The Vienna Philharmonic's playing is well sprung and relaxed, but always imbued with great intensity.

Sound Format: PCM Stereo

Picture Format: 4:3

Original Language: IT

Subtitles: IT, GB, DE, FR, ES

Running Time: 188 mins

Resolution: 1080i High Definition (Upscale)

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Mozart: Così fan tutte, K588

Mozart: Così fan tutte, K588

Live from the Opéra national de Paris, Palais Garnier, 2017


Jacquelyn Wagner (Fiordiligi), Michèle Losier (Dorabella), Frédéric Antoun (Ferrando), Philippe Sly (Guglielmo), Paulo Szot (Don Alfonso), Ginger Costa-Jackson (Despina)

Paris Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Philippe Jordan, Anne Teresa De Keersmaker (director and choreographer)

Set & Lighting Design: Jan Versweyveld

Costumes: An D’Huys

Dramaturgy: Jan Vandenhouwe

The direction of Così fan tutte has been entrusted to the choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker who has chosen to embody each of the characters through both a singer and a dancer. From the preconceived notion of constant and eternal love, the lovers shift progressively towards the more complex realisation that feelings of love are more akin to perpetual motion.

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Mozart: Davide Penitente

Mozart: Davide Penitente


Mozart:

Davide Penitente, K469

Felsenreitschule, Salzburg, January 2015

Adagio & Fugue in C minor for Strings, K546


Christiane Karg (soprano), Marianne Crebassa (mezzo-soprano), Stanislas de Barbeyrac (tenor), Bartabas (choreographer)

Les Musiciens du Louvre, Salzburger Bachchor, Académie équestre de Versailles, Marc Minkowski

For this spectacular production of Mozart’s Davide penitente on the vast stage of the Salzburg Felsenreitschule at the Mozart Week 2015, Marc Minkowski and the equestrian choreographer Bartabas used dancing horses and thus restored the former riding school to its original function.

Horses, riders from the Académie équestre de Versailles and Bartabas himself, whose successful productions are unique in the world of art, perform their elegant dressage arabesques within this exceptional setting. Soloists, chorus and orchestra are ranged over three levels on galleries cut from the bare rock. The result is a unique synthesis of the arts.

Subtitles: G, F, Sp, Jp, Kor

Booklet: E, G, F

No. of Discs: 1

Run time: 71 minutes

Disc Format: BD 25

Picture: 16:9, HD

Audio: PCM Stereo, PCM 5.1

Bonus Material: Adagio & Fugue K 546 (Bartabas solo)

Region Code: ABC (worldwide)

“The musical performance is good, the equine ballet is graceful” Gramophone Magazine, January 2016

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Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail, K384

Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail, K384

Recorded live at Het Musiektheater, Amsterdam on 2nd, 7th & 19th February 2008.


Laura Aikin (Konstanze), Edgaras Montvidas (Belmonte), Kurt Rydl (Osmin), Mojca Erdmann (Blonde), Michael Smallwood (Pedrillo), Steven Van Watermeulen (Bassa Selim)

The Netherlands Chamber Orchestra & Chorus of De Nederlandse Opera, Constantinos Carydis (musical director) & Johan Simons (stage director)

Johan Simons’ feisty production of Die Entführung aus dem Serail is an intelligently innovative account of Mozart’s 1782 comic tale of abduction, love, loyalty and forgiveness. Kurt Rydl’s Osmin is hilarious, with just the right edge of latent thuggery; Mojca Erdmann’s smart and cheeky Blonde sports a red riding coat, high latex boots and a belt that she is not afraid to use on the men; Michael Smallwood makes a charming, suave and mocking Pedrillo. Laura Aikin’s Konstanze, torn between true love and obligation, reveals a vast range of human emotions and Edgaras Montvidas’ Belmonte portrays his coming-of-age with clarity and genuine charisma. The performance is whipped up to a feverish pitch in the pit by Constantinos Carydis, the orchestra and chorus responding with fleet virtuosity. Bluntly ‘theatre about theatre’, this ground-breaking performance delivers everything one could wish for from a Mozart opera, combining thrilling energy with a profound sense of lyrical beauty and truth.

Bonus material/features:

Illustrated synopsis & cast gallery.

Interviews with the cast.

Behind the scenes documentary.

“Athenian wonder boy Constantinos Carydis has everything you could want from a Mozart conductor, combining manic energy with perfectionism and a profound sense of lyrical beauty.” Bloomberg News

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PICTURE FORMAT: 1080i
LENGTH: 214 Mins
SOUND: DOLBY TRUEHD 5.0 & 2.0
SUBTITLES: EN/FR/DE/ES/IT/NE

“Director Johan Simons's take on Die Entführung is summed up by a remark in one of the accompanying interviews: 'At the end people see that the Pasha is a much better match for Konstanze than Belmonte is.' Other productions have suggested a mutual attraction between the heroine and her oriental captor. Simons carries this to extremes. His staging is dominated by Konstanze's inner struggle between her loyalty to her betrothed and her disturbing feelings for the man who, we sense, has awakened her sexually. Far from resisting his advances, she and the youthful, half-westernised Pasha, subtly and believably portrayed by Steven van Watermeulen, can hardly keep their hands off each other during her opening aria; and the longing she sings of in 'Traurigkeit' here takes on a very different meaning. Yet even in the final vaudeville, exchanged glances with the Pasha suggest an undertow of regret for romantic passion and exotic adventure sacrificed in the cause of duty. While there are irritating details in Simons's modern-dress production, it is psychologically credible, often compelling. Laura Aikin vividly portrays Konstanze's fluctuating emotions in dialogue and aria. If 'Traurigkeit' ideally needs a softer, more plangent colour, she makes 'Martern aller Arten' a graphic embodiment of her conflicting feelings of desire and guilt, charging the stratospheric coloratura with a sense of neurotic desperation. In Simons's conception Belmonte is an anxious, self-absorbed ditherer, understandably fazed by Konstanze's initial coolness towards him. Wearing a more-or-less permanently bemused air, Edgaras Montvidas sings his four arias with firm, sappy tone, if no special grace of phrasing. Michael Smallwood makes a likeable, resourceful Pedrillo, cheerfully enduring Osmin's sadistic hair-pulling and nose-tweaking; and Mojca Erdmann, clad in mini-skirt and high-heeled patent leather boots, is a delightful, thoroughly selfassured Blonde, impatient with Konstanze's soulsearching, and using her sexual power to reduce Kurt Rydl's formidable, orotund Osmin to a doeeyed baby. In keeping with the whole production, comic gags are largely eschewed. Constantinos Carydis conducts the excellent Netherlands CO with zest and a fair sense of period style. While many will prefer a more comically straightforward staging, Simons's production certainly makes you think afresh about Mozart's ostensibly innocent, happily-ever-after harem Singspiel.” Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

“Other productions have suggested a mutual attraction between the heroine and her oriental captor. Simons carries this to extremes. His staging is dominated by Konstanze's inner struggle between her loyalty to her betrothed and her disturbing feelings for the man who, we sense, has awakened her sexually. While there are irritating details in Simon's modern-dress production, I found it psychologically credible, often compelling. Laura Aikin vividly portrays Konstanze's fluctuating emotions in dialogue and aria. ...she makes "Marten aller Arten" a graphic embodiment of her conflicting feelings of desire and guilt, charging the stratospheric coloratura with a sense of neurotic desperation. Constantinos Carydis conducts the excellent Netherlands CO with zest and a fair sense of period style.” Gramophone Magazine, May 2009

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Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail, K384

Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail, K384

Recorded live at Glyndebourne Opera House, Lewes, October 2015.


Sally Matthews (Konstanze), Edgaras Montvidas (Belmonte), Tobias Kehrer (Osmin), Mari Eriksmoen (Blonde), Brenden Gunnell (Pedrillo) & Franck Saurel (Pasha Selim)

The Glyndebourne Chorus & Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Robin Ticciati (conductor) & David McVicar (director)

Director David McVicar’s original-period vision for this Mozartian gem allows its genius to speak for itself, offering a ‘mesmerising, sensitive … outstanding’ portrayal of Enlightenment-era fascination with the East that is both ‘exquisitely acted and sung’, featuring a Konstanze and a Belmonte sung with ‘finesse and bravura’ and a ‘sensationally voiced’ Osmin (The Guardian *****). Comic relief in Glyndebourne’s ‘brilliant production’ is provided by ‘beautifully sung live-wire performances’ of Pedrillo and Blonde, and Robin Ticciati leads the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment through a restored, authentic rendition of the critical score with ‘lovely fizz’ and ‘poignant gravitas’ (The Independent). Filmed in High Definition and recorded in true Surround Sound.

Extra Features: Concept, Craft & Collaboration: The Visual Story and a cast gallery.

Running time: 168 minutes

Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/JP/KO

Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

“This [is] the most convincing dramaturgical presentation of the opera in recent times…Kehrer is magnificent as Osmin, Gunnell is lyrical and alert as Pedrillo, and Eriksmoen steers a delicate path between the amusing and the musically ravishing…the real star is the conductor, Robin Ticciati, whose mercurial energy gives us the most exciting orchestral reading since Solti’s 1987 version” BBC Music Magazine, September 2016 ****

“The visual aspect is gorgeous, Vicki Mortimer’s set, with its many scene changes, evoking a romantic view of the Orient…in the pit, Robin Ticciati conducts the heroes of the OAE in a fleet account of the score…[Montvidas’s] Belmonte is ardent, impatient and, at the end, utterly chastened…Sally Matthews sings superbly…the servant couple are very well characterised…[Tobias Kehrer] sings so wonderfully…a delight.” Gramophone Magazine, August 2016

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Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail, K384

Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail, K384


Diana Damrau (Konstanze), Olga Peretyatko (Blonde), Christoph Strehl (Belmonte), Norbert Ernst (Pedrillo), Franz-Josef Selig/Christoph Quest (Bassa Selim)

Orquestra Simfònica del Gran Teatre del Liceu,, Ivor Bolton

Staged by Christof Loy at Gran Teatre de Liceu, 2011

Barcelona’s prestigious Gran Teatre del Liceu presents Mozart’s beloved singspiel in an elegant, dramaturgically twisted production with a sparkling cast of top-rank international stars headed by coloratura soprano Diana Damrau as Konstanze and rising opera star Olga Peretyatko as Blonde.

German soprano Diana Damrau achieved a huge success and was hailed by critics as a thrilling Konstanze. Christoph Strehl, a tall and aristocratic tenor of important means and burnished technique, made Belmonte’s difficult music sound easy. Franz Josef Selig was celebrated by critics as one the best Osmins that had ever performed in that role.

Christoph Loy has conjured up a thought-provoking and strikingly original scenario in which both Konstanze and Blonde are feeling respect, admiration and even profound love for their captors. The result is a tantalising approach that overturns the traditional patterns of good and evil.

Running Time Total: 188 minutes

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Subtitles English, German, French, Spanish, Catalan, Chinese, Korean

“Christof Loy's minimalist staging works well, and an impressive cast creates a great deal of intensity nicely caught by the cameras...Damrau is a superb Konstanze, secure and consistently beautiful.” Classical Music, 24th March 2012 ****

“This is to be a serious psychological drama and the pace is punishingly slow...Damrau scored a notable success as Konstanze and her accomplished singing of a difficult role (she sings the extended version of 'Marten aller Arten') is the main highlight of the performance. Christoph Strehl's Belmonte is stylish and sensitive...Ivor Bolton gets lively playing at uncontroversial speeds” Gramophone Magazine, May 2012

“in this Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail everything is germane to the text that Mozart set, and Loy makes work of depth and strong emotion from what can seem like an overlong comedy...every singer acts with the intensity and conviction of a 'straight' actor. Ivor Bolton's conducting is relaxed and affectionate, and really there is no respect in which this performance falls short of being a triumph” BBC Music Magazine, June 2012 *****

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