Beethoven Fidelio

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Beethoven Fidelio


Beethoven Fidelio

Release Date: November 04, 1978

Year    :   1978
Slogan    :   «Pretty darn close to having»
Genres    :   Music
Production Companies    :   Deutsche Grammophon
Director    :   Otto Schenk
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Writers    :   
RunTime    :   147 mins.

This production is a gala affair; the sets are traditional (evocative of 18th-19th century Spain); the lighting is bright, so colors are good and one can see all of the action. Singers are generally well chosen and perform admirably. However, at this point, slight reservations creep in; although Janowitz (Fidelio/Leonore) and Kollo (Florestan) look "good" and act well, the singing parts tax them a bit when pushed to the limit. Most of the time that doesn't matter, and an argument can be made that a little vocal strain is in character with their dire plight. Ideally, for me, Vickers as Florestan would have added extra vocal heft and more sensitive acting than Kollo.

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