Notes & Reviews:
Of all the successful composers of opera in the 1920s, it is perhaps Erich Wolfgang Korngold (1897 - 1957) whose career took the most surprising turn following the banning of his works as "degenerate" in Germany. Die tote Stadt has survived as a rarity on the programs of the world's major and medium-sized opera houses and serves as one of the most thrilling and memorable productions at Berlin Opera.
This superb new video gives us the opportunity to view a TV production by Götz Friedrich for Deutsche Oper Berlin in 1983. Sets are darkly appropriate, costumes colorful. The opera can be a showcase for both principal singers and it surely is here. Karen Armstrong... has a voice that easily can soar in Korngold's beautiful music, and dramatically she could not be bettered. A beautiful woman, she throws herself into the double roles (Marie/Marietta) completely, dances well... She is matched by James King, sterling vocally... He also vividly portrays the tortured Paul. This is a very demanding role, and King is in top form. William Murray also is excellent in the double role of Frank/Fritz... Herinrich Hollreiser's conducting cannot be faulted.
Run Time: 130 min.
Picture Format: NTSC, 4:3, Color
Sound Format(s): Stereo,
Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian
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Works DetailsKorngold, Erich Wolfgang : Die tote Stadt (The Dead City)
- Performers: James King; Karan Armstrong; William Murray; Margit Neubauer; Donald Grobe
- Conductor: Heinrich Hollreiser
- Ensemble: Deutsche Oper Berlin Orchestra
- Period Time: Modern
- Form: Opera/Operetta
- Written: 1920
- Studio/Live: Studio