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David DeBoor Canfield
Fanfare, September 2013

The performance by the Deutsche Oper Berlin of the 1987 premiere gives as compelling a presentation of the then-new work as it is likely to receive in the foreseeable future. The singers are all in fine voice: The full-throated baritone of Andreas Schmidt is robust and resonant, and dramatically appropriate to the role. The role of Tiresias is sung by high tenor William Dooley, whose penetrating vocal quality seems just right for a prophet, especially a blind one. William Pell, as Oedipus’s brother-in-law Kreon, William Murray, who plays the shepherd, tortured into revealing the truth about Oedipus’s past, and Emily Golden, who vividly fulfills the role of Jokasta, all acquit themselves splendidly.

…I recommend this as a powerful treatment of a fascinating story from antiquity. © 2013 Fanfare Read complete review



William R. Braun
Opera News, May 2013

…this DVD preserves the premiere performance at Berlin’s Deutsche Oper in 1987, demonstrating its many merits.

Rihm’s columns of sound are pared down in the final segment of the work until little remains but single, excruciatingly long, unaccompanied vocal notes. This is finely reflected in Götz Friedrich’s production, which works with a similar accumulation of intensity. Pinpoint spotlights, close maneuvering of characters within a triangular playing space and masks or half-masks for all the characters except Oedipus are put to precise use. As Oedipus, Andreas Schmidt is in lustrous voice in this cranky music…Schmidt…maintains beauty of tone against all odds. The intrepid Emily Golden tears up the stage as Jocasta, looking like Death personified by the end, all the while encompassing soprano-to-baritone vocal lines. Her text…is remarkably clear. William Dooley’s Tiresias is admirably steady. © 2013 Opera News Read complete review



Robert Benson
ClassicalCDReview.com, February 2013

The performance features Andreas Schmidt, at the beginning of his career, in the title role, and he—and the remainder of the fine cast—are to be commended for performing this very demanding music. Video and stereo sound are excellent. © 2013 ClassicalCDReview.com Read complete review






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