Die Soldaten


Bernd Alois Zimmerman Die Soldaten opera to a libretto by the composer based on a text by poet Jakob Michael Reinhold Lenz. Directed and staged 2012 by Alvis Hermanis at the Salzburg Festival. Stars Alfred Muff, Laure Aikin, Tanja Ariane Baumgartrer, Cornelia Kallisch; Tomasz Konieczny, Renée Morloc, Gabriela Benacková, Matthias Klink, Reinhard Mayr, Daniel Brenna, Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke and Boaz Daniel among a cast of 50 soloists. Ingo Metzmacher directs the Wiener Philharmoniker. TV direction by Hannes Rossacher. Released 2012, disc has 5.0 dts-HD Master Audio sound. Grade: NA

Arlo McKinnon gives this, in the December 2013 Opera News (page 72), as strong a magazine review that I've seen in praise of an HDVD: "On all fronts, this production of Die Soldaten is worthy of the highest praise. This is a difficult work on all levels, but a very crucial one; this release preserves  a marvelous rendition of it." With this prodding, I've put this on my personal order list.