The Seven Deadly Sins - Teresa Stratas (DVD) (SALE - SPECIAL OFFER - SALE)
Composer: Weill, Kurt
Lyricist: Brecht, Bertolt
Stratas, Teresa/Kimball, Nora
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Ballet with Song in Eight Parts.
Kurt Weill's Seven Deadly Sins starring Teresa Stratas, Nora Kimball, Peter Rose, Howard Haskin, Franck Kelley and Herbert Perry
Featuring the Orchestra of the Lyon Orchestra conducted by Kent Nagano
Directed by Peter Sellars
Sung in German - subtitles in English
Letterbox DVD - NTSC format
Avant garde director Peter Sellars stages the concert piece by Weill and Brecht as a classical music MTV-style video. This turns out to be a great way to visualize the piece!
Sellers chooses different color schemes for each of the seven deadly sins (envy is of course green) and uses different costumes for each segment. The music (and the text) lend themselves nicely to this approach, and so while frantically-edited MTV style video of a 1920s concert piece may at first blush seem an anachronism, it actually works quite well as entertainment.
Two other quick notes. Teresa Stratas (of "The Unknown Weill" CD) is a fine interpretter of Weill, on a par with the fabulous Ute Lemper. Technically, the way Sellars staged this makes it appear as if the performers are actually singing on camera (perhaps they are?). This gives an authenticy to the performances that the quick frantic editing doesn't detract from at all.