, October 2013
Steinberg’s leadership is faultless, with forward propulsion…that actually turns the opera into real drama. He also gets superb playing from The Orchestra National du Capitole and glorious choral work from both the Capitole and La Scala singers. The former makes its superb impression during the wonderful overture with its right-on brass calls, silky string playing, and plangent winds. And the two choruses, with plenty to do, prove themselves able to sing at all dynamic levels and with fine attention to the text.
The vocal star of the show is, quite rightly, tenor Torsten Kerl, who is making somewhat of a specialty of this crazily demanding part. Kerl is tireless…[his voice] is mostly appealing and he’s an intelligent artist.
Soprano Marika Schönberg sings Irene’s music with great feeling but occasionally flies wildly sharp…Mezzo Daniela Sindram’s Adriano is delivered with power and thrust, the tone true. Richard Wiegold and Stefan Heidemann as Colonna and Orsini sing with power and expressiveness, and Robert Bork, as Cardinal Orvieto, is a proper bully. The others…are all first class. © 2013 ClassicsToday.com Read complete review