Helen Field (Governess), Menai Davies (Mrs Grose), Richard Greager (Prologue/Quint), Phyllis Cannan (Miss Jessel), Machiko Obata (Flora), Samuel Linay (Miles)
Radio Symphonieorchester Stuttgart, Stuart Bedford, stage direction by Michael Hampe
Recording Date: 1990
Place of recording: Schwetzinger Festspiele
Running Time: 108 min + Introduction 6 min
Picture Format: 4:3
Sound Format: PCM Stereo
Menu Languages PAL: D, F, GB, SP
Subtitle Languages PAL: D, F, GB, SP
Menu Languages NTSC: F, GB, SP
Subtitle Languages NTSC: F, GB, SP
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“Michael Hampe clearly places the audience in the expected quandary as to whether the ghosts are 'real' or a product of the Governess's vivid imagination. The concept is underlined by Helen Field, who makes the role very much her own by her intelligent acting and fine singing of it. The young Samuel Linay could hardly be bettered as Miles, suggesting the boy's innocence and his devilment while singing purely and accurately. Menai Davies brings out all Mrs Grose's generous character and her slight befuddlement at events beyond her ken. Phyllis Cannan is at once a menacing and unearthly Miss Jessel. Richard Greager sings splendidly as Quint but rather misses out on the character's menace. The Flora, as so often with this part, looks too mature. The instrumental playing is superb. The sound balance and video direction faultless. Along with the fine rival version (below), this opera is very lucky on DVD.”
“The hero of this Arthaus DVD production is Steuart Bedford, who gets vibrant singing and playing from all concerned.Helen Field is a thoroughly convincing Governess and the cast is in every respect excellent, even if Machita Obata looks a little too mature for Flora.”
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