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Patrick Dillon
Opera News, May 2012

STRAUSS, R.: Liebe der Danae (Die) (Deutsche Oper Berlin, 2011) (NTSC) 101580
STRAUSS, R.: Liebe der Danae (Die) (Deutsche Oper Berlin, 2011) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) 108032

Conductor Andrew Litton demonstrates both an ear for detail and the requisite Straussian sweep, deftly steering the score through its occasional longueurs. And the cast, if not the last word on the matter at hand, does uniformly good work, with the character roles—Pollux, Mercury and Jupiter’s four superannuated ex-lovers—all neatly turned. The central triangle is well inhabited, too, though all three tire a bit (and the men need some warming up) in their long, high-flying roles. Matthias Klink is a handsome, ardent Midas; and it’s good to have the underdocumented Mark Delavan as Jupiter, a typically hearty, warm-voiced performance. Manuela Uhl is familiar to Danae-lovers from the 2003 CD-set on CPO; her voice—very German, with its Goltz-like tartness and its dentist’s-drill penetration on top—won’t please everyone, but she shapes the music admirably, with impressive dynamic control. When, in the Act II climax, Jupiter releases her from the gilded petrifaction inflicted by Midas’s kiss, she couldn’t look more alluringly Klimtian. 

The sound is excellent and the picture mostly so, too, though the stage lighting, with its enticing golds and blues, once or twice resists the HD cameras. Like the flawed but lovable opera itself, this Danae radiates enough golden glow to entice any serious Straussian. © 2012 Opera News Read complete review

Bill White
Fanfare, May 2012

This production from Deutsche Oper Berlin is in general a pretty good one. The staging by Kirsten Harms…manages to present the opera in an entertaining fashion while preserving the integrity of the story. Modern dress for the chorus, flowing robes for some of the principal ladies, and lots of gold costumes make for an eclectic and eye-catching mix. The five stage settings in the libretto are reduced to one, but with little or no ill-effect.

Despite the name of the opera, the principal character is the baritone, Jupiter, sung here by American Mark Delavan. Delavan…sings very well throughout. German soprano and apparently something of a Strauss specialist Manuela Uhl sings the role of Danae. She sings adequately enough…German tenor Matthias Klink rounds out the trio of principals in the role of Midas. He also sings competently enough…Thomas Blondelle sings excellently in his brief stint as Mercury, as does Hulkar Sabirova as Danae’s maid. The four ladies playing Jupiter’s ex-conquests are also surprisingly strong singers…The Deutsche Oper Orchestra under the direction of Andrew Litton also performs excellently. This ensemble understands Strauss’s unique soundscape and handles his strong orchestrations with aplomb. As I said, they really deserve top billing.

To sum up, we have…a Strauss opera…given a pretty good outing by the Deutsche Oper Berlin forces. This is the only commercial video recording of Die Liebe der Danae, and may be the only one for years to come. If you are at all interested, snap it up. © 2012 Fanfare Read complete review on Fanfare

Jeffrey Kauffman, January 2012

Die Liebe der Danae has…the most interesting history of all of Richard Strauss’ many operas…this is certainly a worthwhile release which merits checking out. © 2012 Read complete review

Karl Lozier
Positive Feedback Online, January 2012

One of Strauss’ last compositions…starts off with a male chorus moving around in the room. This is followed by very attractive music…All the while there are appropriate settings and excellent costumes. It will be difficult to ever forget the intertwining of two myths including Midas and the Golden Touch when in the well known duet. Good choral work abounds here and solid singing and dramatic music are to be heard with the excellent audio quality…Want something a bit different in the way of operas? Aha, you have now found it. Recommended highly to those searching…© 2012 Positive Feedback Online Read complete review

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