- Burkhard Ulrich (Tenor)
- Manuela Uhl (Soprano)
- Hulkar Sabirova (Soprano)
- Matthias Klink (Tenor)
- Mark Delavan (Baritone)
- Thomas Blondelle (Tenor)
Notes & Reviews:
Strauss completed his second-to-last opera "Die Liebe der Danae" in 1940. Written under war clouds, the "merry mythology" based on an idea by von Hofmannsthal was given a provisional, by-invitation-only dress rehearsal premiere at the Salzburg Festival '44 the day before all theaters in the "Reich" were closed by order of the Ministry of Propaganda. The official world premiere took place at the Salzburg Festival '52 - now no longer in the presence of the composer, who passed away in '49. The rarely performed opera is a feast for Strauss lovers. Embodying the composer, in a way, is the role of Jupiter, an aging god who realizes that he will never win the love of the beautiful Danae. Bonus material includes behind the scenes interviews, backstage and rehearsal footage.
"The Deutsche Oper production of this beautiful but rarely performed work is an absolute delight and a real treat for fans of Richard Strauss. Directed by Kirsten Harms, there is perhaps some attempt to make a personal identification of the opera’s themes with the composer by hanging an upturned piano over the set in all three acts with falling pages of a music score instead of golden rain, but otherwise this is a relatively straightforward and faithful staging of the opera, set in a timeless mythological world that is neither period nor modern. It looks marvellous and comes across well on the screen, the sets perfectly appropriate for the scale and the nature of the subject. The casting is good and the singing excellent with Manuela Uhl as Danae, Mark Delavan as Jupiter and Matthias Klink as Midas... [The audio tracks] really work marvellously, the mixing giving the voices adequate space, while putting across the full splendour and luscious beauty of a score that, superbly performed by the orchestra of the Deutsche Oper under Andrew Litton, ranges from delicate, sparkling playfulness to brooding, contemplative melancholy. Consummately Richard Strauss then, and this performance amply demonstrates the qualities and strengths of an opera that, like much of the composer’s late work, remains largely unknown, underperformed, underrated and surely ripe for rediscovery." -Opera Journal
International Record Review
[Delavan] boast[s] a highly distinctive timbre with an effulgent upper register, fine dynamic control (here is one heroic baritone who really can sing intimately), expansive personality and fabulously clear and meaningful textual projection...the orchestra revel in the score under Andrew Litton. It has always been a fine house ensemble and it more than rises to the occasion here - the Juipiter/Mercury dialogue is particularly scintillating.
Run Time: 172 min.
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.0
Subtitles: English, German, Italian, French, Spanish, Japanese, Korean
Submitted on 12/27/11 by Dan Coombs
Works DetailsStrauss, Richard : Die Liebe der Danae
- Performers: Burkhard Ulrich (Tenor); Manuela Uhl (Soprano); Hulkar Sabirova (Soprano); Matthias Klink (Tenor); Mark Delavan (Baritone); Thomas Blondelle (Tenor)
- Conductor: Andrew Litton
- Ensemble: Deutsche Oper Berlin Orchestra
- Period Time: Post Romantic
- Form: Opera/Operetta
- Written: 1938-1940