This superb new video gives us the opportunity to view a TV production by Götz Friedrich for Deutsche Oper Berlin in 1983. Sets are darkly appropriate, costumes colorful. The opera can be a showcase for both principal singers and it surely is here. Karen Armstrong…has a voice that easily can soar in Korngold’s beautiful music, and dramatically she could not be bettered. A beautiful woman, she throws herself into the double roles (Marie/Marietta) completely, dances well…She is matched by James King, sterling vocally…He also vividly portrays the tortured Paul. This is a very demanding role, and King is in top form. William Murray also is excellent in the double role of Frank/Fritz…Herinrich Hollreiser’s conducting cannot be faulted.