I was looking at reviews on Amazon of that M22 set of Mozart productions from Salzburg. I own enough of the DVDs at this point that it wouldn’t make sense for me to buy the set, but I was curious.
One of my favorites of the reviews there was one that complained about an excess of “underware” (most people don’t know this, but Underware was one of the less successful side projects of the Tupperware company in the mid-1980s) and rejected the productions of both Don Giovanni and Die Zauberflöte on the grounds that they were “not logical.” You know that Monty Python bit about sex and logic? In my head, I heard the rest of the review read in that voice.
As far as visible underwear in productions of Mozart operas is concerned I am neither for nor against. The artistic value of a pair of tighty-whiteys or a see-through chemise is one of those things that we must have the courage to determine for ourselves on a case by case basis. Indeed, I will go so far as to say that the rejection tout court of underpants in Mozart operas is, fundamentally, an abdication of responsibility.
Hanno Müller-Brachmann will back me up on this: