, July 2012
This 2008 performance coincides with the reopening of the lovely Cuvillies Theater in Munich. Kent Nagano, a superb operatic conductor, leads the Bayerische Staatsoper orchestra and chorus, in an updated production that features a very strong cast: John Mark Ainsley as Idomeneo the King of Crete, Pavel Breslik as his son Idamante, Juliane Banse as Ilia the captured Trojan princess, Annette Dasch as Elettra the daughter of Agamemnon, and Rainer Trost as Arbace.
Dieter Dorn presents a stark stage with stylized costumes and no shortage of blood on the characters. Camera work very much of the in your face approach which, in this case, effectively heightens the drama and works to the advantage of the sparse sets.
The…sound track is very vivid and gives a good account of the stage and pit…the level of vocalism is simply outstanding, as we get to hear some of the best Mozarteans on today’s stage. For me, the aha moment was Annette Dasch’s rendition of Elettra’s mad scene, riveting in its power and pathos. Here is a Mozart singer with Wagnerian chops, exactly what this role requires.
The current entry is the first BD and, from the standpoint of cast and musical direction can hold its own against the current DVD competition. The quality of sight and sound recording is generally good and make this an enjoyable watch of what might be an unfamiliar masterpiece for many of us. © 2012 Blu-rayDefinition.com Read complete review