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Vera Nemirova’s production was filmed at Salzburg’s Haus für Mozart in 2011, and it’s a fine record. Nemirova doesn’t confuse the narrative and draws excellent performances from her cast, and Daniel Richter’s sets are accordingly uncluttered but have great impact – and all of this is filmed excellently by Brian Large. Marc Albrecht leads the Wiener Philharmoniker in a detailed traversal of the complex score, and is rewarded by some stunning playing, plus he never drowns his singers. Patricia Petibon works hard as Lulu; I found her slightly too pouting and disingenuous, but it’s a valid approach and her tone remains true despite some understandable stridency at the top. Thomas Piffka almost conquers Alwa’s impossible tessitura, and Pavol Breslik also provides clean tenor tone as the Painter. Michael Volle’s Dr Schön is richly sung, as are Tanja Ariane Baumgartner’s Geschwitz and Franz Grundheber’s Schigolch. An excellent supporting cast adds to the experience.

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