Meyerbeer: Die Hugenotten (bluray)
Format: BLU RAY
Angela Denning (Marguerite de Valois), Lucy Peacock (Valentine de Saint-Bris), Richard Leech (Raoul de Nangis), Hartmut Welker (Comte de Saint-Bris) & Martin Blasius (Marcel) Deutsche Oper Berlin, Stefan Soltesz (conductor) & John Dew (stage director)
Live recording from the Deutsche Oper Berlin, 1991 sung in German as 'Die Hugenotten'
The grand opera Die Hugenotten was one of the greatest operatic successes of the 19th century, and its creator was hailed as the foremost composer of his time. Yet today, he is largely forgotten by the opera-going public and his works lie gathering dust in opera house repertories around the world. Die Hugenotten was performed at the opening of the new Covent Garden Opera in London in 1858. However, it was a performance at the New York Metropolitan Opera in 1890 which went into the history books. In the German translations by Ignatz Franz Castelli (1837 Vienna) and Charlotte Birch-Pfeiffer (1838 Munich), the conflict between Catholics and Protestants was heavily disguised; a new version was created by Gustaf Gründgens and Julius Kapp in Berlin in 1932. John Dew’s modern production, conducted by Stefan Soltesz, caused somewhat of a sensation when it was first performed in 1987 at the Deutsche Oper, Berlin. Giving the period and content of the work new reference points, his staging becomes almost oppressively contemporary: he sets the opera in divided Berlin, where the wall is a symbol of the separation of the two German states. Angela Denning, Lucy Peacock, Richard Leech and Martin Blasius fascinate with their wonderful voices and impressive acting. Sound Formats: PCM Stereo, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 Picture Format: 16:9 Resolution: 1080i FULL HD Subtitle Languages: GB, FR, ES Running Time: 156 mins Blu-ray Disc: 25 GB (Single Layer) FSK: 0