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I havetwo recordings of this light opera - the Eric Idle BBC television program in 4:3 aspect. Your old cathode ray tv of your childhood. Sound is awful, color even worse BUT is so charming in a Monty Python way. Idle even licks the soles of the Mikado's shoes. For real! Bu I digress. The Ontario, Stratford on Avon, Mikado has to be the most beautiful adaption of this operetta Performed to black backdrop with stage props and traditional costume in gold, yellow and red, it is a visual banquet. Look out for the acrobats at scene changes. The overture has scenes of the Avon river with swans, and swans waddling which cuts to the legs of the theatergoers! Then the cast arrive on a bicycle, roller skates or just on foot with their fast food burger and fries. A neat performance for the overture to a comic opera. It was recorded about 50 years ago so... 4:3 aspect and the DVD lacks in color so turn up the color on your tv. It stil looks good.
I had agonized for years wanting to purchase a copy of "The Mikado" on video/DVD, but there were so many that I had difficulty choosing. Watching the movie "Topsy Turvy" about the creation of the operetta made the decision even more difficult, because I liked the players in the movie so much that I despaired of finding a stage production on DVD that could make me love "The Mikado" as much as did the actors in that movie.
I'm so glad I selected this one.
This is a marvelous, energetic, fast moving production of "The Mikado." The stage setting is very spare; but the actors are so animated, and the sound, camera work, and everything else about the production is so good that I kept forgetting that I was watching a recording of a stage play. What is more, there are many pretty touches -- acrobats, dancers, and great costumes that dress up the stage and the production perfectly.
What can I say except "BRavo!"?
The video/DVD is of a staged Canadian production, filmed from the proscenium-audience point of view with some close-ups, in full costume and makeup appropriate to the G&S script and score. The score is very well sung although the songs are dubbed, you have to pay special attention to notice this. The lip-sync is very, very good and since they don't have to worry about singing perfectly "live" with the camera, they can do more acting while mouthing their parts, and it all works very well. Some wonderfully stylized performances make it fun, expecially from Pooh Bah who is the tallest actor I've ever seen in a G&S opera! Folks who are addicted to perfect-score singing will notice some deviations (not bad ones, just different) but overall its well-done and includes encores that are usually performed of the most popular numbers at high speed for an appreciative audience. I recommend this version to Mikado-lovers.
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