|The theatrical mask contemplated by a putto on the Beethoven|
monument by Kaspar von Zumbusch (Vienna, 1880) commemorates
Beethoven's sole opera in the city where it made its debut.
Conducted by James Levine
Production: Jürgen Flimm · Set Design: Robert Israel Costume Design: Florence von Gerkan
with Karita Mattila · Ben Heppner · René Pape · Falk Struckmann Robert Lloyd · Matthew Polenzani · Jennifer Welch-Babidge
Metropolitan Opera Chorus, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
This is one of those modern 20th century stagings of a 19th century opera. Personally, I have some trouble with these kinds of modern reimaginings, but I suppose if an opera is almost 200 years old, it can stand a few "unusual" variations. Either way, Maestro Levine's music direction is great and this particular YT video actually has subtitles.
Linklist (123 min)