Jun 02

Das Rheingold, directed by Herbert von Karajan ????

This opera has its pluses and minuses. Apparently after this was filmed, there was so much distress among the cast that further operas in Der Ring were not completed. The staging is superb, the best of all the Rheingold’s that I’ve seen. It is exactly what you would expect from a traditional Ring. The acting and singing was also superb, as well as the musical conducting. The main problem that I had was more technical. The filming was quite poor, and often one could not see what was on the picture. Also, the recording was quite inadequate and balance between the orchestra and singers was terrible. Thus, only four stars for an otherwise excellent production.

 

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