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Customer Reviews for: Wagner: Der Ring Des Nibelungen / Terfel, Kaufmann, Blythe, Voigt, Levine, Luisi

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 My gosh; it blows me away! April 16, 2013
By Stanley J. (Baltimore, MD) -- See All My Reviews
I am not a Ring lover, but these performances capture my imagination and help me to appreciate what Wagner has attempted to create. Have seen other performances of the Ring (live and recorded). Like this one for clarity in acting, beauty in singing, fascinating settings and powerful orchestra wonderfully led. Report Abuse

 Fantastic! December 13, 2012
By William N. (Baldwinsville, NY) -- See All My Reviews
I saw all 4 productions in the movie theaters, and Die Walkure, live at the Met, in April, 2011. Wagner's Ring is impossible to create as he might have imagined. There have been brilliant realizations in the past and of course, some that were terrible. This one is superb. Nothing is perfect, but this Ring is never less than captivating, visually wonderful, and beautifully sung. The whole concept of the "machine" is quite remarkable and absolutely fascinating. I thought it was very creative, clever, and that it worked as a total production. The projections were amazing, the singers were really involved, and enough, already, with objections to singers! Try to sing these roles yourself and you'll begin to back off. I found Voigt to be wonderful, youthful, beautiful, and exciting. Terfel was a bit removed from the whole affair, but never less than acceptable-- that's not right -- he was wonderful -- just sometimes acted as if he wanted to be done with it and go get a beer. Blythe was mindblowing and Kaufman the best tenor singing and acting ever. We caught Levine at one of his last performances at the Met, but Luigi was just wonderful in the other productions in HD. If you are not familiar with this production, you will be thoroughly impressed by it at this price. Enjoy... Report Abuse

 Wagner’s Ring Cycle - 2012 -Met. Opera.  October 22, 2012
By Luke Bryant (Oakleigh South, Victoria) -- See All My Reviews
I have now experienced this New York Metropolitan Opera 2012 production, available both on DVD and Blue-ray. This must be the finest, closest realization of Wagner’s intentions to date. From here, surely the next logical interpretation of this great work needs to be produced in a major film studio where magic, Gods flying through the air on horseback, fire, giants, dragons, etc. coupled to flashback techniques could produce a Ring Cycle even more worthy of Wagner’s vision. Major stage performances around the world continue to fill Opera Houses, Clearly, film production costs etc. would soon be eclipsed by DVD and Blue-ray sales. Before then, do not miss this great performance – its a stunner! Luke Bryant. Report Abuse

 A magical Ring cycle October 9, 2012
By Adam R. (Berkeley, CA) -- See All My Reviews
Although I love Wagner's music and enjoy listening to recorded excerpts of operatic scenes and orchestra preludes and interludes, sitting through an single episode of the Ring, let alone the entire cycle, has been an exercise in boredom. But after watching this Ring in the live Met HD performance, I jumped at the chance to acquire this DVD version. For me, this was the first time that the Ring really came alive in performance. The cast throughout is superb. Jay Hunter Morris brings exuberance, youth, and a phenomenal voice to Siegfried--just what the role needs. He's going to be a superstar. Deborah Voigt sings wonderfully, and her chemistry with Morris kept me glued to the screen. The performances of Kaufmann, Terfel, and Owens also stood out. As well as being wonderfully sung, the whole production is terrifically acted. Gerhard Siegel as Mime is particularly good. The cinematic filming uses close-ups to good effect to make emotional conflict more immediate. I have heard a lot of criticism of the set, a huge accomplishment of mechanical engineering in its own right, but found that instead of distancing me from the operas, it made their mythic impact more real. I recommend watching the included documentary, "Wagner's Dream," which explains the staging and the development of the set. Report Abuse

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