Liveblogging: Mozart’s “Mitridate” from Paris (2016) on Sept. 24th

[Hearts suffering in peace or not: Myrtò Papatanasiu (Sifare), Patricia Petibon (Aspasia) and Agnès Aubé (Older Lady-in-waiting) in Mozart’s “Mitridate”, Paris 2016]

Since ARTE – thank you, universe! – has brought back THE “Mitridate” for another three months (as of this past Monday, as annouced here and enjoyable here), it is time for a liveblog event. Because we have all watched this production already (fine, we have watched it a lot already), but never together!

The earliest date (due to family events, conferences and research – sorry, we just couldn’t come up with an earlier time slot) possible for the regular crew is Sept. 24th, at 9 p.m. UTC+2. Invitation to all to swoon and comment along with us!

Some notes on the re-upload over on ARTE: the video has been  edited significantly.
First, the image quality has vastly improved (see above).
Second, there are images you have not seen before (see above, again. We’ll wait).
There are – as far as I can tell – a lot of smaller and not so small changes in zoom, in camera angles (mostly, side cameras over front cameras) and in replacing some shots from one of the two filmed nights by one of the other. Overall – and I have only taken a look until the moment depicted above – the new version is more polished, a bit more distanced, with a lot of reactions shots added (even at times where one would not ask for them).

Subtitles are now available in both French and German, but they’re more than twice the size of the original ones, and very bold and yellow. Ugh. Since we all know the libretto by heart now, I vote for a subtitle-free option for uninterrupted viewing.
In the French version, at the moment, the entire First Act follows again after the opera closes, so the file is 4h35min long (unfortunately, no previously undiscovered 4th and 5th act added).

Then, most importantly, there are two sound issues, reported by thadieu: First, the audio has been edited, too, so it is more present and more even, but has lost some of its original dynamic reach over this (=clearly a loss). And second, the audio and video are apparently slightly out of sync. Ugh, again.
Thankfully, thadieu has offered to make a synced version until the 24th. If you’d like a copy of that once it is done to blog along, just send us an email or leave a comment.

So… now what’s left for us to do is counting down the ways days until the 24th.

If you cannot wait that long: ARTE is at your service (and, of course, you could always watch it now, and again on the 24th).

If you merely want a small teaser without being tempted into the whole thing, head over to Papatanasiu’s FB page for 2 1/2 minutes of “Lungi da te” and give her a deserved boost in views – the clip still looks like the old version, though, with the small French subtitles. For full aria excerpts from the original take (#mitridate2016paris_nightcaps), you know whose YT channel to visit.)

11 thoughts on “Liveblogging: Mozart’s “Mitridate” from Paris (2016) on Sept. 24th”

  1. Finally am watching this – so charming! And the play within a play/WWII concept is genius – let’s the action be driven by the performers – but makes a kind of meta statement about the purpose of art in human survival. And I can see why Greek Soprano Syndrome might be going around. 😉


    1. …welcome to the club. Just draw a ticket and join the line 😉

      (also, we will be doing an annual rewatch – are already set for next Sept. Will send out alerts on time, in case you’d like to join the fun next time)

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