Wagner: Das Liebesverbot

Opus Arte: OABD7213D

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Wagner: Das Liebesverbot


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27th Jan 2017






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Wagner: Das Liebesverbot

Manuela Uhl (Isabella), Christopher Maltman (Friedrich), Peter Lodahl (Lucio), Ilker Arcayürek (Claudio), Ante Jerkunica (Brighella)

Chorus and Orchestra of Teatro Real, Madrid, Ivor Bolton (conductor) & Kasper Holten (director)



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Read Katherine's exclusive interview with Kasper Holten about the production here.

Wagner’s rarely performed early comic opera, based on Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure, enjoys its Spanish debut in a new production by director Kasper Holten. The lively score boasts clear Italian, French and Weberian influences that pre-date the composer’s mature voice, yet the music continually delights with the unmistakable emergence of Wagner’s precocious genius. His adaptation of the Bard’s play reflects the rebellious mood of a Revolutionary Germany, vindicating sensual love and attacking the fanatical repression of sexuality by a puritanical and hypocritical authority. Ivor Bolton conducts a vibrant cast featuring English baritone and Cardiff Singer of the World Lieder Prize-winner Christopher Maltman, Turkish-Viennese tenor and BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist Ilker Arcayürek and Germany’s hottest Wagnerian leading lady, Manuela Uhl.

Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/JP/KO

Running time: 160 minutes

Sound format: LPCM 2.0 & DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio

Financial Times

February 2017

“Filmed for DVD, Kasper Holten’s colourful production lifts the spirits and a hard-working cast is swept along”


May 2017

“As a Das Liebsverbot virgin, I was keen to apply the old test: if this opera was by J. Soap rather than R. Wagner, how would we rate it? My personal verdict is ‘highly’. Young Richard concocted a cracking libretto…his score has verve, variety and several alluring examples of the soaring, extended melodies that mark out his special territory.”

MusicWeb International

18th April 2017

“Musically, the cast is led by the ever-dependable Christopher Maltman, who gives a touch of magic to the rather archetypal figure of the wicked duke...The smaller soprano roles are well taken too, with María Miró proving a good foil to the heroically chaste Isabella. The finest heroes, however, are the orchestra, who play the score as though it were Meistersinger, sounding like gods right from the sparkling overture to the jolly resolution”

BBC Music Magazine

May 2017


“It's well…performed here, especially by the splendidly full-voiced chorus.”

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