Recording Date: 1976
Place of recording: Studioproduktion (Berlin, Potsdam-Babelsberg), Komische Oper Berlin, Wien
Running Time: 1016 min
Picture Format: 4:3
Sound Format: PCM Stereo
Menu Languages NTSC: GB
Subtitle Languages NTSC: F, GB, SP
DVD Video - 12 discs
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Walter Felsenstein (1901–1975), founder and general director of the Komische Oper in Berlin, was one of the twentieth century’s greatest creative theatre directors, who played a hugely important role in the revival of opera as a theatrical art form. A brilliant artist who directed over 190 productions during the course of his career, he was equally committed to the works, their creators, the ensemble and the audience. This unique edition brings together 7 opera films in a rare documentation that offers an insight into the theatrical work of a man whose legendary productions fascinated international audiences for decades. The fi lms can now be experienced for the first time in carefully restored digital form. Felsenstein’s consistent development of the musical/visual language of opera film remains a source of inspiration even today. Opera on fi lm – opera as fi lm – however one describes them, his productions continue to astonish with their clarity and intensity. They will remain an invaluable artistic legacy for generations to come!
SPECIAL FEATURES ON DVD’S
Original manuscripts of Walter Felsenstein
Original staging piano reductions with audio examples
Drafts of the stage design, figurines, sketches & drawings
Historical audio material with speeches & interviews with Walter Felsenstein
Rehearsal film “Don Giovanni“ & newsreel footage ”The Tales of Hoffmann”