Various: Walter Felsenstein Edition (Arthaus DVD 7-disc set)


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Walter Felsenstein (1901–1975), founder and general director of the Komische Oper in Berlin, was one of the twentieth century’s greatest creative theatre directors, who played a hugely important role in the revival of opera as a theatrical art form.

A brilliant artist who directed over 190 productions during the course of his career, he was equally committed to the works, their creators, the ensemble and the audience. This unique edition brings together 7 opera fi lms in a rare documentation that offers an insight into the theatrical work of a man whose legendary productions fascinated international audiences for decades.

The films can now be experienced for the first time in carefully restored digital form. Felsenstein’s consistent development of the musical/visual language of opera fi lm remains a source of inspiration even today.

Opera on film – opera as film – however one describes them, his productions continue to astonish with their clarity and intensity. They will remain an invaluable artistic legacy for generations to come!


Contents and Reviews

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN: Fidelio (1956)
Leoš JANACEK: Das schlaue Füchslein (1965)
Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART: Don Giovanni (1966)
Giuseppe VERDI: Othello (1969)
Jacques OFFENBACH: Hoffmanns Erzählungen (1970)
Jacques OFFENBACH: Ritter Blaubart (1973)
Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART: Die Hochzeit des Figaro (1975/76)

Original manuscripts of Walter Felsenstein
Original staging piano reductions with audio examples
Drafts of the stage design, fi gurines, sketches & drawings
Historical audio material with speeches & interviews with Walter Felsenstein
Rehearsal fi lm “Don Giovanni“ & newsreel footage ”The Tales of Hoffmann”
Footage of Felsenstein stagings 1945–1961
Script excerpts, conceptual scripts & picture galleries