, October 2013
This performance of Orphée aux enfers…from January 1st, 1984, brims with infectious delight and also offers a picture of the impressive talents assembled by the Deutsche Oper Berlin at that point in its history.
Right from the start a strong presence is established by Mona Seefried as Public Opinion. Seefried was borrowed from the world of jazz/musical theatre—she has a powerhouse voice and manages the transition from prim moralizer to seduced floozy.
Donald Grobe makes an engaging Orpheus. Julia Migenes Johnson…gives a lively performance as the flirtatious Eurydice…Janis Martin is a full-voiced Diana, and Annabelle Bernard a charming Venus.
The one name above all that attracted me to this production was its conductor, Jesús López Cobos, and I wasn’t disappointed. He was Music Director of the Deutsche Oper Berlin from 1981 to 1990 and this performance gives ample proof as to why. He sets a cracking pace and keeps everything marvelously together.
The ubiquitous Brian Large directed it for TV and did a terrific job capturing the multi-level, highly kinetic production. © 2013 ConcertoNet.com Read complete review