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Wagner: Rienzi

Wagner: Rienzi

Torsten Kerl (Rienzi); Marika Schönberg (Irene); Daniela Sindram (Adriano); Richard Wiegold (Colonna); Stefan Heidemann (Orsini); Robert Bork (Cardinal Orvieto ); Marc Heller (Baroncelli );

"Seen and Heard International" ([Steinberg's] reading of Rienzi, too, was full of energy and vitality, well suited to what this music needs. He got a great performance from the Capitole’s orchestra, which is the best in some 400 miles around. The Choirs were also excellent in a very demanding opera for them. [Torsten Kerl] was excellent all along and it can be considered a luxury to have him as Rienzi in Toulouse.)

Wagner: Siegfried

Wagner: Siegfried

John Treleaven (Siegfried); Deborah Polaski (Brünnhilde); Falk Struckmann (Wanderer); Graham Clark (Mime); Günter von Kannen (Alberich);

"With Siegfried (May 16) and Götterdämmerung (May 23), the Liceu crowned the Ring cycle begun last season with complete success at all levels, beginning with Harry Kupfer’s clever production from Berlin. Bertrand de Billy, in his last performances as music director of the theatre, enjoyed a well-deserved personal triumph:...he found the grandiosity and nobility inherent in Wagner’s music as well as its lyrical qualities, and drew a fine response from the orchestra. Deborah Polaski (Brünnhilde,with a moving Immolation) and Falk Struckmann (Wanderer and also a wonderful Gunther) were the prime assets of the cast, but we should not overlook the vocal endurance of John Treleaven, a lyrical Siegfried, Graham Clark’s hyperactive Mime, or the luxury casting of Matti Salminen as Hagen." (Opera)

Wagner: Siegfried

Wagner: Siegfried

Heinz Kruse (Siegfried); Graham Clark (Mime); John Bröcheler (The Wanderer); Henk Smit (Alberich); Jeannine Altmeyer (Brünnhilde);

"There may be reservations about Haenchen's straight, low-profile interpretation of the music (given in the new critical edition, here featuring colourful percussion and sound effects, and some new brass pitches at the opening of Act 3 of Götterdämmerung), or the harshness of Eiko Ishioka's far from conventionally beautiful Japanese theatrical costumes. But there can surely be few about the freshness of Audi's theatrical thinking, and his reinvention of 'deconstructionist' effects – Fafner as his own mouth; a fierily lit and smoked platform to walk into; or the Wanderer's spear presented for Siegfried to break as a huge, ceiling-high, world ash tree-like totem...If you're buying individually, the Audi Götterdämmerung is mandatory." (Gramophone)

Wagner: The Wagner Edition

Wagner: The Wagner Edition

"...must give utmost praise to conductor Hartmut Haenchen, who offers a whip-smart account of the score..." (International Record Review - Der Fliegende Holländer )

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde

John Treleaven (Tristan); Deborah Polaski (Isolde); Erik Halfvarson (King Mark); Falk Struckmann (Kurwenal); Lioba Braun (Brangaene); Wolfgang Rauch ();

"De Billy’s version is both poetic and dramatic...A first class cast - Deborah Polaski is an excellent artist who brings to life a rich Isolde, full of hate and love, despair and abandonment." (El Mundo)