Released August 2006. Prokofiev’s enchantingly surreal commedia dell’arte masterwork is turned into a spectacular triumph of total theatre in this vital production from the Amsterdam Muziektheater. De Nederlandse Opera has chosen to use the more flexible French libretto of the 1921 premiere, a pertinent choice which has the advantage of accentuating the aesthetic common ground shared by Prokofiev and Les Six.
Stéphane Denève’s brilliant musical direction inspires outstanding performances from the soloists and the superb Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, enhanced by the smart, blockbusting staging of Laurent Pelly and the exquisite sets of Chantal Thomas, which propel this feverish fable to great heights.
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Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra Choir of De Nederlandse Opera Conductor Stéphane Denève Stage Director Laurent Pelly
2 DVD SET
Running time: 145 mins Region code: All regions Picture format: 16:9 Anamorphic Sound format: DTS SURROUND / LPCM STEREO Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/ES/IT/NL