[“But… weren’t the girls kind of over this production by now?” – “Nope. As in ‘not at all, not ever, not in all foreseeable and unforeseeable future’. We’re stuck with them. Sorry.” – Just in case anyone thought I was through with screencapping this show: as if. – Myrtò Papatanasiu (Sifare) and Jaël Azzaretti (Arbate) in Mozart’s “Mitridate”, Paris/TCE 2016]
After a very enjoyable group watching event (we did not faint. At least not too badly), the White Shirts in attendance have arrived at the conclusion that the new version of the Paris 2016 “Mitridate” available on ARTE comes with a seriously botched up and glossed over audio track (including an outright glitch in “Tu che fidel mi sei”) that does not do Le Concert d’Astrée or the singers justice. It is likely owed to merging material from two different nights together (thadieu explains this so much better than I ever could). If you want to listen to this for the voices and the orchestra, revert to the February video or, better yet, the French radio broadcast.
The video direction of the new take, also owed to speed differences between two nights, apparently cuts out frames, resulting in a more jumpy feel of the show. There are also a lot more side angles (missing the front focus) and zooms (at times cutting away from important action, or narrowing frames so much that the overall dramaturgy of movement gets lost).
While on the vampire side of pale, the image quality has been cleared up and improved considerably, which, naturally, can only mean one thing: more screencaps (consider yourself warned).
thadieu posed the question on Saturday during the liveblog, “Where were you when you first saw this Al destin?” as a watershed moment. – To borrow from on old classic: My only clear memory is arriving.