Stefan Herheim's idea of staging a midsummer night's dream as a fairytale narrative is enchanting and with this admirably matched ensemble of excellent singer-players, all of whom bring sharp contours to their roles, and the brilliant details of characterization make each scene an experience to cherish.
This unbelievably lavish and absolutely splendid stage set radiates youthful charm and conjures up a flood of incomparable images.
Roberto Sacca is a Walther von Stolzing who shows effortless control in his superb realization of the part; Michael Volle has both the voice and the acting ability to flesh out a fascinatingly multi-layered portrait of the masterful Hans Sachs.
Amazing to see how convincingly the chorus of the Vienna State Opera acts out the crowds and "how splendid the Vienna Philharmonic sounds" (Neue Zürcher Zeitung)
In the succesful Salzburg Festival serial design and with luxury slipcase, including a Making of
Picture format DVD: 2 DVD in NTSC - 16:9
Sound format DVD: PCM Stereo DD 5.1 DTS 5.1
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
Subtitles: English, German, French, Japanese, Spanish, Korean
Booklet notes: English, German, French
Running time: 270 mins performance + 15 mins documentary
German FSK: 0
“Volle's Sachs is no Romantic existentialist lovelorn poet, Werba's Beckmesser no persecuted Jewish caricature...Gatti seeks to match Herheim's production with initially chamber-like sonorities then a gradual upping both dynamics a colour for street brawl and singing contest.”
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