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Die Liebe der Danae (Deutsche Oper Berlin)

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The Deutsche Opera Berlin mounted this sprawling stage production of Richard Strauss's three-act opera Die Liebe der Danae (1937) in 2011. The cast features Manuela Uhl as Danae, Mark Delavan as Jupiter, Matthias Klink as Midas and Thomas Blondelle as Merkur; The Berlin Deutsche Opera Chorus and Orchestra provide symphonic accompaniment, under the direction of chorus master William Spaulding and the baton of Andrew Litton; Bernd Damovsky designed the sets, Dorothea Katzer created the costumes and Kirsten Harms ...
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Overview

The Deutsche Opera Berlin mounted this sprawling stage production of Richard Strauss's three-act opera Die Liebe der Danae (1937) in 2011. The cast features Manuela Uhl as Danae, Mark Delavan as Jupiter, Matthias Klink as Midas and Thomas Blondelle as Merkur; The Berlin Deutsche Opera Chorus and Orchestra provide symphonic accompaniment, under the direction of chorus master William Spaulding and the baton of Andrew Litton; Bernd Damovsky designed the sets, Dorothea Katzer created the costumes and Kirsten Harms directs for the stage.
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Special Features

Behind the scenes - including interviews with Kirsten Harms and Andreas K. W. Meyer as well as backstage and rehearsal footage
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/15/2011
  • UPC: 807280158090
  • Original Release: 2011
  • Source: Arthaus Musik
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Stereo
  • Sound: stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: Deutsche
  • Time: 2:35:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 44,220

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Manuela Uhl Danae
Mark Delavan Jupiter
Matthias Klink Midas
Thomas Blondelle Merkur
Burkhard Ulrich Pollux
Hulkar Sabirova Xanthe
Paul Kaufmann Vier Könige
Clemens Bieber Vier Könige
Nathan De'Shon Myers Vier Könige
Lee Hyung-Wook Vier Könige
Hila Fahima Semele
Martina Welschenbach Europa
Julia Benzinger Alkmene
Katarina Bradic Leda
Andrew Litton Conductor
Technical Credits
Myriam Hoyer Director
Bernd Damovsky Set Decoration/Design
Dorothea Katzer Costumes/Costume Designer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Die Liebe der Danae, DVD 1
1. Opening [1:17]
2. "Der König, wo?" [2:19]
3. "Die Neffen hab ich ausgesandt..." [2:24]
4. Zwischenspiel - Goldregen [2:58]
5. "O Gold! O süßes Gold!" [4:49]
6. "Doch warst du allein in des Mantels Saum?" [3:55]
7. "Was bringen die Fürsten?" [6:40]
8. "Ein Schiff!" [2:17]
9. "Leuchtet mein Traum?" [3:50]
10. "Ein goldenes Ehrenkleid soll dich erst schmücken" [1:46]
11. "Bringer der Botschaft" [4:54]
12. "Auf goldenen Fluten" [2:13]
13. "Gegrüßt sei Eos!" [2:03]
14. "Ich erschaue dich, Midas, großer König!" [3:00]
15. Einleitung [:35]
16. "Kränze winden wir fremder Hochzeit!" [4:14]
17. "Tief im innern, unerschlossen, Rätsel dem Gotte" [4:35]
18. "Der Helm drückt mich" [2:53]
19. "Es sucht der Mensch am Menschen Stütze" [2:22]
20. "Das alte Lied von den Wegen der Menschen" [3:29]
21. "Hochzeitszug! Nie genug!" [2:28]
22. "Niemand rief mich!" [4:51]
23. "Kennst du, Danae, hier das Gemach?" [2:34]
24. "Gold - das Lager! Leuchtendes Glück!" [1:02]
25. "Herrliches Spiel! Vollendeter Traum!" [2:33]
26. "Was tat ich? Unselige Gabe!" [2:08]
27. "Zu früh, fluchst, Verworrener, du mir..." [2:42]
28. "Midas ... Geliebter ... bleibe mir hold!" [2:33]
29. "Treulose Danae! Du hast gewählt!" [4:25]
Disc #2 -- Die Liebe der Danae, DVD 2
1. Vorspiel [2:14]
2. "Geliebter! Freund!" [7:34]
3. "So führ ich dich mit sanfter Hand" [1:14]
4. Verwandlung - Zwischenspiel [2:39]
5. "Du schon hier?" [2:50]
6. "Willkommen, Jupiter!" [10:51]
7. "Halt! Halt! Da ist er!" [2:44]
8. "Schweige, Merkur" [1:57]
9. Zwischenspiel - Jupiters Verzicht [6:43]
10. "Wie umgibst du mich mit Frieden" [3:56]
11. "Danae!" [4:05]
12. "Es trifft dein Segen friedlich Genügen" [6:04]
13. "Dem Märchen lausche!" [2:54]
14. "O wende dich nicht, gütiger Fremder..." [2:25]
15. "Auch dich schuf der Gott..." [5:00]
16. "Midas!" [2:01]
17. Credits [1:45]
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  • Posted December 27, 2011

    Good case made for some lesser known Strauss!

    Richard Strauss did not write a lot of operas and, of those, the names most are familiar are "Der Rosenkavalier", "Elektra" and "Salome." Yet, according to writings and notes from the time, he personally considered "Der Liebe der Danae" (The Love of Danae) his greatest. In fact, he had died but three years before its premiere in 1952. Some reasons "Danae" has not enjoyed a greater production life to date may be its length (at just under three hours - although hardly the behemoth of operas) and it may be that the use of a fairly familiar Greek mythological tale of greed - as it existed in a bankrupt and corrupt state - interfering with true love and pure ethics was a bit much for post war Germany (and beyond). Regardless, this new production from the Berlin Opera is fun to watch and makes a compelling case for the revival of this lesser known masterpiece. Most are somewhat familiar with the basic tale of the God of gods, Jupiter, using his God of prosperity, Midas, to help Jupiter get the woman of his desire, Danae. Only when Jupiter discovers that Danae has not only discovered Jupiter's deceptions but has fallen in love with Midas does Jupiter put the famous curse on Midas whereby everything the latter touches turns to solid gold is - therefore - unattainable. In the end, Jupiter tests Danae's true devotions and Midas' allegiance by allowing Danae to choose and - in so doing - Midas and Dane become lovers, yet powerless and Jupiter becomes saddened and awakened to the reality that neither power nor gold will influence true love. The performances here are great. Manuela Uhl as Danae, Mark Delavan as Jupiter and Matthias Klink as Midas are all gifted singers as well as actors. The secondary roles, in a relatively small cast, are also quite good; most notably that of Thomas Blondelle as Mercury. The stage design and direction by Kirsten Harms is also arresting. Huge sections of palace wall provide a minimalist backdrop and - later - serve as the wreckage to the palace. Large paintings of unclear reference are toted off during the initial cast off of Pollux's wealth (whom Jupiter has gypped) as is his grand piano. The piano, in fact, makes for the single most strange stage prop throughout. Take from Pollux during the 'liquidation' of the initial scene (by being hoisted from its normal position to then hang suspended from the stage upside down, lid ajar) it then serves as some sort of symbol for - perhaps - the fleeting attraction of material wealth. Art Haus does its usual fine job of artistic packaging, superb video quality and very helpful booklet information. It is also a welcome benefit to have an additional 22' of film interviews with Kirsten Harms and dramaturge Andreas K.W. Meyer. I recommend this to anyone wanting to explore wonderful yet lesser known opera in a familiar tonal world but with contemporary and visually stunning vision.

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