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Wagner: Der fliegende Holländer (Bayreuth Festival)

Wagner: Der fliegende Holländer (Bayreuth Festival)

Samuel Youn (Der Holländer); Benjamin Bruns (Der Steuermann); Christa Mayer (Mary); Tomislav Muzek (Erik); Ricarda Merbeth (Senta); Franz-Josef Selig (Daland);

"... one revels in Christian Thielemann's masterly handling of the Overture's tempo modifications and, thereafter, the lustrous sonorities that support the singers in this single-act version of the opera... Youn is a particular revelation, with bass qualities to establish the character's emotional weight but also effective baritonal colours that convey anguish with great specificity." (Gramophone)

Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen (Bayreuth Festival)

Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen (Bayreuth Festival)

Linda Watson (Brünnhilde); Stephen Gould (Siegfried); Albert Dohmen (Wotan); Hans-Peter König (Fafner); Andrew Shore (Alberich); Eva-Maria Westbroek (Sieglinde);

"Whatever one's take on the production, Mr. Thielemann drew a probing, radiant and exhilarating musical performance from this orchestra of dedicated instrumentalists." (The New York Times)

Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Bayreuth Festival)

Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Bayreuth Festival)

Franz Hawlata (Hans Sachs); Artur Korn (Veit Pogner); Michael Volle (Sixtus Beckmesser); Klaus Florian Vogt (Walther Von Stolzing); Norbert Ernst (David); Michaela Kaune (Eva);

"Meistersinger' that's on an entirely new Wagnerian scale...it is full of smart ideas and moments of effective theater." (The Washington Post)

Wagner: Die Walküre (Bayreuth Festival)

Wagner: Die Walküre (Bayreuth Festival)

Endrik Wottrich (Siegmund); Eva-Maria Westbroek (Sieglinde); Linda Watson (Brünnhilde); Kwangchul Youn (Hunding); Michelle Breedt (Fricka);

"Thielemann and the Bayreuth Orchestra create a ravishing wall of sound and not a moment is less that aurally stunning: one listens, agape." (International Record Review)

Wagner: Götterdämmerung (Bayreuth Festival)

Wagner: Götterdämmerung (Bayreuth Festival)

Stephen Gould (Siegfried); Ralf Lukas (Gunther); Andrew Shore (Alberich); Hans-Peter König (Hagen); Linda Watson (Brünnhilde); Edith Haller (Gutrune / Norn);

"...there is no doubt that this year's Ring at Bayreuth belongs to...Thielemann....[who] creates a musical experience epic in its scale and inexorable in its apocalyptic, shattering power." (The Guardian)

Wagner: Lohengrin (Bayreuth Festival)

Wagner: Lohengrin (Bayreuth Festival)

Georg Zeppenfeld (König Heinrich); Klaus Florian Vogt (Lohengrin); Annette Dasch (Elsa); Jukka Rasilainen (Telramund); Petra Lang (Ortrud); Samuel Youn (Der Heerrufer des Königs); Noblemen of Brabant (Stefan Heibach); Noblemen of Brabant (Willem van der Heyden); Noblemen of Brabant (Rainer Zaun); Noblemen of Brabant (Christian Tschelebiew);

"Klaus Florian Vogthas been singing the role of Lohengrin for 10 years, but he never before sang it so painfully truthful, so beautiful and pleadingly, powerfully and inspired. Vogt is the miracle of this production." (www.stuttgarter-zeitung.de)