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    This new Fidelio certainly sounds really interesting!!!! I am only familiar with Jonas Kaufmann in the role from his earlier days in a wonderful smallish production I can only remember by knowing that Harnoncourt was the conductor......I would love to compare that one with this production for comparison, particularly of Jonas Kaufmann as Florestan.
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    That production from Zürich is my favorite recording of this opera, and will likely remain so even should this new version from Salzburg be released on video. Still, as you say, it's always interesting to compare.


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    Anyone with low self-control should stay away from PC that is running an opera dvd and bluray sale...

    http://www.prestoclassical.co.uk/pro...w=Opera&page=1

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Anyone with low self-control should stay away from PC that is running an opera dvd and bluray sale...

    http://www.prestoclassical.co.uk/pro...w=Opera&page=1
    Forget the sale, I just bought my second and third Fidelio DVDs last month and am thinking of searching for a 4th (well there is the 1997 Janowitz one on You Tube too).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Anyone with low self-control should stay away from PC that is running an opera dvd and bluray sale...

    http://www.prestoclassical.co.uk/pro...w=Opera&page=1
    eerm, currently on page 167 of the entire list of the opera sale (which also includes CDs. Thousands of CDs)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    eerm, currently on page 167 of the entire list of the opera sale (which also includes CDs. Thousands of CDs)
    Hands in the air and step away from the buy button!

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    I've bookmarked the page . . .

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    I want another Fidelio DVD but it says Subtitles in GB, DE, FR, ES, IT. Does not look like there are English subtitles. Or can someone crack this code (look on back of DVD here).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    I want another Fidelio DVD but it says Subtitles in GB, DE, FR, ES, IT. Does not look like there are English subtitles. Or can someone crack this code (look on back of DVD here).
    I think the GB refers to English
    (DE German, FR French, ES Spanish and IT Italian)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    I think the GB refers to English
    (DE German, FR French, ES Spanish and IT Italian)
    Oh, Must stand for Great Brittan. Thanks, just nabbed the DVD for $8 on Ebay. This is Fidelio DVD #4 for me. Still have my third Fidelio coming in the mail.
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    These three clips about the Salzburg Festival's new production of Fidelio (premiered 4 August) are from Austrian TV news programs. Of course, they're in German, but the scenes from the dress rehearsal will give you some idea of what the cast and Claus Guth's staging are like.
    http://www.jkaufmann.info/clips_deu/...iosalzburg.htm

    Guth has scrapped all of the spoken dialogue and inserted various noises that are supposed to be the characters' inner thoughts or feelings. Leonore and Pizarro both have "doubles," with the former using sign language and representing the woman Leonore while she's disguised as Fidelio. Florestan is depicted as the victim of torture who is so totally traumatized by the experience that in the end, he even runs away from Leonore. And the whole thing is supposed to be illusion, anyway . . . The results at the premiere were probably to be expected: lots of cheering and bravos for conductor Franz Welser-Möst, the Vienna Philharmonic, and the soloists; lots of booing aimed at Guth.

    Should this production be released on DVD, I'll purchase it. It will be another case where I'll simply have to ignore the stupid staging and focus on the music, but the cast really sounds wonderful in the snippets heard on the news reports. Kaufmann's Florestan just seems to get even better each time he sings the role.

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    Interesting timeline from Glyndebourne showing the process of getting an opera on film:

    http://www.glyndebourne.com/discover...age-to-screen/
    Natalie

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    Take a look at the line-up for this concert performance of Ariadne auf Naxos 12 October at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées:

    Conductor: Kirill Petrenko
    Anja Harteros -- Ariane / Prima Donna
    Jonas Kaufmann -- Bacchus / Le Ténor
    Brenda Rae -- Zerbinette
    Alice Coote -- Le compositeur
    Markus Eiche -- Le maître de musique
    Christian Rieger -- Un laquais
    Matthew Grills -- Brighella
    Kevin Conners -- Le maître de ballet
    Elliot Madore -- Harlequin
    Johannes Klama -- Le majordome
    Dean Power -- Scaramouche
    Tareq Nazmi -- Truffaldino
    Petr Nekoranec -- Un officier
    John Carpenter -- Le perruquier
    Eri Nakamura -- Une naïade
    Okka von der Damerau -- Une dryade
    Anna Virovlansky -- Echo

    This is a guest appearance by folks from the Bavarian State Opera. Normally, Intendant Nikolaus Bachler is averse to having the house's productions released in DVD or Blu-ray format, but since this is only a concert version and on someone else's turf, so to speak, I'm hoping there may be a possibility this will be recorded for release on CD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAuer View Post
    Take a look at the line-up for this concert performance of Ariadne auf Naxos 12 October at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées:

    Conductor: Kirill Petrenko
    Anja Harteros -- Ariane / Prima Donna
    Jonas Kaufmann -- Bacchus / Le Ténor
    Brenda Rae -- Zerbinette
    Alice Coote -- Le compositeur
    Markus Eiche -- Le maître de musique
    Christian Rieger -- Un laquais
    Matthew Grills -- Brighella
    Kevin Conners -- Le maître de ballet
    Elliot Madore -- Harlequin
    Johannes Klama -- Le majordome
    Dean Power -- Scaramouche
    Tareq Nazmi -- Truffaldino
    Petr Nekoranec -- Un officier
    John Carpenter -- Le perruquier
    Eri Nakamura -- Une naïade
    Okka von der Damerau -- Une dryade
    Anna Virovlansky -- Echo

    This is a guest appearance by folks from the Bavarian State Opera. Normally, Intendant Nikolaus Bachler is averse to having the house's productions released in DVD or Blu-ray format, but since this is only a concert version and on someone else's turf, so to speak, I'm hoping there may be a possibility this will be recorded for release on CD.
    Ooh Kaufmann as Bacchus! I believe that the DVD release with Kaufmann is a different version of this opera isn't it? I am assuming this performance is the version with the long prologue explaining what the hell is going on based on seeing that there are prologue-only characters on that cast list.
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