German opera master Richard Wagner was known his melodrama and grandeur. A figure whose works and persona were larger than life, Wagner remains one of the most significant figures in the history of opera. This performance of his romantic opera, TANNHAUSER, was staged at Munich's National Theatre and conducted by the subversive David Alden. Video director Brian Large filmed the performance over three days in September 1994 and captures a TANNHAUSER that is as powerful as it was on the day it was written.
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David Alden's production of Wagner's grand romantic opera was recorded at the National Theatre in Munich, with Bayerische Staatsoper, in September 1994. Shot over three days by leading opera director Brian Large, this recording benefits from the ideal technical conditions made possible by a closed session. Alden, one of the most iconoclastic interpreters of classicalopera, stirs up the visionary, erotic, and archetypal elements in Wagner's work. The cold, forbidding aspect of the stylized and predominantly monochrome sets and costumes by Roni Toren and Buki Shiff manifests the strait-jacket of tradition from which Tannhauser seeks to free himself in this powerful opera.
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