Strauss, R.: Salome (complete opera recorded in 2008)

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RICHARD STRAUSS
Strauss, R.: Salome (complete opera recorded in 2008)
Metropolitan Opera / Karita Mattila, Juha Uusitalo, Kim Begley / Patrick Summers (cond)

[ Sony Metropolitan Series DVD / DVD ]

Release Date: Sunday 20 February 2011

Rated: G - Films, Videos, and Publications Classification Act 1993Suitable for General Audiences

"The superstar is Mattila who dramatically and vocally is quite amazing. Video and audio are excellent. Lovers of Strauss's erotic masterpiece won't want to miss this."
(ClassicalCdReview)

"Jürgen Flimm is the producer of this Salome, with set and costume designs by Santo Loquasto, choreography by Doug Varone. Updated to the 20th century, this concept takes place in a Middle Eastern country in which Herod's palace seems to be a hotel filled with partying guests, conveniently next to a mine shaft in which Jochanaan is imprisoned. Salome doesn't look at all like a virginal young princess. She is a harlot from the beginning, a seasoned, alcoholic vamp who knows her way around and how to use her sexuality to get what she wants. Strauss intended to show her progression from innocence to degradation, but that cannot happen with this concept of the opera. The Dance of the Seven Veils is a tour-de-force for Mattila although hardly a strip tease. At the end, Mattila was totally nude for a few seconds, but you won't see this on the video. The entire opera is strongly cast, and Patrick Summers is perfect on the podium. Two singers make debuts, bass Juha Uusitalo as Jochnaan, and young Canadian tenor Joseph Kaiser (probably the handsomest Narraboth ever). But the superstar is Mattila who dramatically and vocally is quite amazing. Video and audio are excellent. Lovers of Strauss's erotic masterpiece won't want to miss this."
(ClassicalCdReview)

"As astoundingly lithe mover, [Mattila] plays the rapacious princess with a teenager's impetuosity and energy...No-one can surpass her when crazed anticipation is needed, which means the whole 'Es ist kein laut zu vernehmen' episode is incomparable...[Kaiser's] glowingly sung, touchingly acted Narraboth makes every word tell...the sheer virtuosity and tonal splendour [of the playing] are mind-blowing...Mattila is now first choice among DVD Salomes."
(International Record Review)

The Metropolitan Opera's Peabody and Emmy Award®-winning series The Met: Live in HD has excited audiences around the globe. Four highly-requested productions from the past two years are now available on DVD for the first time. These four stunning releases contain recordings of recent acclaimed Metropolitan Opera productions, taken from state-of-the-art, high-definition transmissions broadcast live from the stage of the Met, and include backstage interviews with the cast and production crew.

Indisputably one of the greatest Salome's of our time, Karita Mattila reprises her stunning interpretation including her unforgettable "Dance of the Seven Veils".

With Strauss's groundbreaking music magnifying the degenerate atmosphere and building the erotic tension, this is one opera that is as shocking today as it was at its premiere in 1905.

TECHNICAL INFO:

Sound: PCM Stereo/ DTS Sound

Screen Format: 16:9

Region Code: 0 (All regions)

Subtitles: French, German, Spanish and English

Recording Date: October 11, 2008

Approximate Running Time: 1 Hr 46 Min