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Wagner: Siegfried (Gran Teatre del Liceu)

Wagner: Siegfried (Gran Teatre del Liceu)

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: Tannhäuser (Bayreuth Festival)

Wagner: Tannhäuser (Bayreuth Festival)

Torsten Kerl (Tannhäuser); Kwangchul Youn (Landgraf Hermann); Markus Eiche (Wolfram von Eschenbach); Lothar Odinius (Walther von der Vogelweide); Thomas Jesatko (Biterolf); Stefan Heibach (Heinrich der Schreiber); Rainer Zaun (Reinmar von Zweter); Camilla Nylund (Elisabeth, Nichte des Landgrafen);

"Camilla Nylund’s Elisabeth and Kwangchul Youn’s Landgraf deservedly received the most applause at the curtain calls" (Bachtrack)

Wagner: The Bayreuth Edition (Box Set)

Wagner: The Bayreuth Edition (Box Set)

Kwangchul Youn (Hermann (Tannhäuser)); Torsten Kerl (Tannhäuser (Tannhäuser)); Georg Zeppenfeld (König Heinrich (Lohengrin)); Klaus Florian Vogt (Lohengrin (Lohengrin); Walther von Stolzing (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg)); Annette Dasch (Elsa of Brabant (Lohengrin)); Johan Botha (Siegmund (Die Walküre)); Albert Dohmen (Wotan (Die Walküre)); Edith Haller (Sieglinde (Die Walküre)); Linda Watson (Brünnhilde (Die Walküre)); Robert Dean Smith (Tristan (Tristan und Isolde)); Iréne Theorin (Isolde (Tristan und Isolde)); Franz Hawlata (Hans Sachs (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg));

"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 - Die Walküre)

Wagner: The Wagner Edition (De Nederlandse Opera; Gran Teatre del Liceu; Glyndebourne Fest

Wagner: The Wagner Edition (De Nederlandse Opera; Gran Teatre del Liceu; Glyndebourne Fest

"...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)

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde (Bayreuth Festival)

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde (Bayreuth Festival)

Robert Dean Smith (Tristan); Iréne Theorin (Isolde);

"Peter Schneider conducted with real feeling for the score and the prelude to the first act stole upon the ear with the magic of Bayreuth’s amazing acoustics. Robert Dean Smith is now a fine Tristan with a really beautiful voice...Robert Holl made a moving King Marke, his magnificent bass nobly used. Some of the most beautiful singing came from Clemens Bieber’s Young Seaman at the beginning." (The Stage)