Ashley Putnam, Marc Embree, Teri Hansen, Kip Wilborn, Film Director: José Montes-Baquer
German Philharmonic Orchestra Rhineland-Palatinate, Ludwigshafen Theatre Chorus, Klaus Thielitz, James Holmes, Stage Director: Francesca Zambello
Recording Date: 1995
Place of recording: Nombre D'or Widescreen Festival
Running Time: 143 min
Picture Format: 16:9 HDTV
Sound Format: PCM Stereo
Menu Languages PAL: D, F, GB, SP
Subtitle Languages PAL: D, F
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“Street Scene was the most ambitious product of Weill's American years. It's a kind of Porgy andBess transferred to the slum tenements of New York during the Depression, mixing genuine operatic writing with unashamedly popular numbers. It's essentially a team opera, with many roles, portraying the ups and downs of urban life, including childbirth and death. Ashley Putnam is visually too young for the role of Anna, perhaps, but vocally outstanding in her solo numbers. Teri Hansen initially sounds a shade constricted as her daughter Rose, but she's tender enough in her duet with Kip Wilborn as her lover Sam. Marc Embree is suitably menacing as husband Frank, Janice Felty a strong Emma, and Anthony Mee a delightful roly-poly Neapolitan. An undoubted star of the production is designer Adrienne Lobel, against whose magnificently solid and realistic set the action unfolds. Another is James Holmes, who brings out the score's darker, dramatic moments as much as its unashamed romanticism and jazz-inflected numbers. This production reveals what a wonderful work it is – convincing both for its extended operatic writing and its marvellous tunes.”
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