Lehar - Das Land des Lachelns (Blu-ray) | Accentus ACC10435

Lehar - Das Land des Lachelns (Blu-ray)

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Label: Accentus

Cat No: ACC10435

Format: Blu-ray

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 29th June 2018

Gramophone Editor's Choice

Contents

Artists

Piotr Beczala
Julia Kleiter
Rebeca Olvera
Spencer Lang
Cheyne Davidson
Martin Zysset
Chor der Oper Zurich
Philharmonia Zurich

Conductor

Fabio Luisi

Works

Lehar, Franz

Das Land des Lachelns (The Land of Smiles)

Artists

Piotr Beczala
Julia Kleiter
Rebeca Olvera
Spencer Lang
Cheyne Davidson
Martin Zysset
Chor der Oper Zurich
Philharmonia Zurich

Conductor

Fabio Luisi

About

'Always smile and always be cheerful, always satisfied, no matter what happens, smile in spite of your sorrows and a thousand aches and pains', sings Prince Sou-Chong, thus introducing the fundamentally melancholic tone of Das Land des Lächelns ('The Land of Smiles'), which even has a tragic ending in store. For the new production of this operetta, world-class tenor Piotr Beczala returned to the Opernhaus Zürich as Sou-Chong. He has an equal partner in Julia Kleiter, who plays the role of Lisa. Fabio Luisi and Andreas Homoki also know that the genre of operetta requires particular care – which is why they assumed personal responsibility for this production.

Homoki sets the plot in a Paris Variété theatre from the 1920s, complete with show staircase and heavy curtains. To emphasize the operatic elements, he condensed the piece, cutting several secondary roles and shortening dialogues.

Recorded at the Opernhaus Zürich, June 2017

Cast:
- Prince Sou-Chong: Piotr Beczala
- Lisa: Julia Kleiter
- Mi: Rebeca Olvera
- Count Gustav von Pottenstein: Spencer Lang
- Tschang: Cheyne Davidson
- Chief Eunuch: Martin Zysset

Stage director: Andreas Homoki
Set and lighting designer: Klaus Grünberg
Costume design: Silke Willrett
Dramaturgy: Kathrin Brunner

Picture Formats: NTSC 16:9, Full HD
Sound Formats: DTS HD Master Audio, PCM Stereo
Region Code: 0
Running Time: 103:07
Disc Format: BD 25
Subtitles: German, English, French, Japanese, Korean

Reviews

If you own Piotr Beczała’s 2014 Tauber tribute album, you’ll have dreamed of hearing him sing the complete role of Prince Sou Chong; and now here he is, in this radiantly performed and gloriously stylish Zurich Opera production from Andreas Homoki. ... by telling the story almost entirely through the musical numbers, Homoki shapes a drama whose emotional directness will astonish those who think Lehár was a mere purveyor of escapism, and which should make new friends for this troubling, genuinely moving masterpiece of Lehár’s gorgeous late period. Operetta lovers, meanwhile, could hardly hope for a finer modern account.  Richard Bratby
Gramophone October 2018

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