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Wagner: Der fliegende Holländer (De Nederlandse Opera)

Wagner: Der fliegende Holländer (De Nederlandse Opera)

Robert Lloyd (Daland); Catherine Naglestad (Senta); Marco Jentzsch (Erik); Marina Prudenskaja (Mary); Oliver Ringelhahn (Der Steuermann Dalands); Juha Uusitalo (Der Holländer);

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

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 Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Glyndebourne)

Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Glyndebourne)

Gerald Finley (Hans Sachs); Marco Jentzsch (Walther von Stolzing); Johannes Martin Kränzle (Sixtus Beckmesser); Anna Gabler (Eva); Alastair Miles (Veit Pogner); Topi Lehtipuu (David);

"McVicar has put on a great show with style, intelligence and insight." (The Daily Telegraph)

Wagner: Die Walküre (Bayreuth Festival)

Wagner: Die Walküre (Bayreuth Festival)

Linda Watson (Brünnhilde); Albert Dohmen (Wotan); Edith Haller (Sieglinde); Johan Botha (Siegmund);

"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: Die Walküre (The Royal Opera)

Wagner: Die Walküre (The Royal Opera)

Stuart Skelton (Siegmund); Emily Magee (Sieglinde); John Lundgren (Wotan); Nina Stemme (Brünhilde); Sarah Connolly (Fricka); Ain Anger (Hunding); Alwyn Mellor (Gerhilde); Lise Davidsen (Ortlinde); Kai Ruutel (Waltraute); Claudia Huckle (Schwertleite); Maida Hundeling (Helmwige); Catherine Carby (Siegrune);

"With Die Walküre, in Keith Warner’s enthralling Covent Garden production of Wagner’s Ring, you can really sense the tectonic plates beginning to shift. Sarah Connolly’s Fricka has become one of the production’s highpoints: she conveys the bitter anger of marital betrayal in every phrase and every stiffened joint. Nina Stemme’s Brünnhilde is also tremendously accomplished, reflecting the gamut of emotions in facial expression and vocal line alike. John Lundgren deploys his lean, virile tone intelligently as Wotan. Antonio Pappano continues to complement this outstanding staging with his wonderfully fluid conducting. The Ride of the Valkyries, here a boisterous brood, was for once visceral and thrilling." (The Evening Standard ★★★★)

Wagner: Lohengrin (Baden-Baden Festspielhaus)

Wagner: Lohengrin (Baden-Baden Festspielhaus)

Klaus Florian Vogt (Lohengrin); Solveig Kringelborn (Elsa); Hans-Peter König (Vogler); Waltraud Meier (Ortrud); Tom Fox (Telramund); Roman Trekel (King's Herald);

"Whoever believes to already know all nuances ofLohengrin should go to Baden-Baden: soloists, chorus and orchestra are brilliant - and the production leaves barbed afterthoughts in your mind...There has not been aLohengrin like Klaus Florian Vogt, the young tenor fromHamburg, for many years...his voice is pure, clean,whiter than snow. Not of this world. Ideal for this role." (Frankfurter Algemeine)