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George Dorris
Ballet Review, December 2013

…the operetta’s verve comes through, and the elaborate production…fizzes at the right moments, carried by a strong cast of leading singers from the opera house plus a few guests. Donald Grobe is Professor Orpheus with shapely Julia Migenes Johnson as the amorous Eurydice, George Shirley as Pluto, and Wagnerian veterans Hans Beirer and Astrid Varnay as Jupiter and Juno, while the conductor, Jesús López-Cobos, seems to enjoy the mayhem as much as I did. © 2013 Ballet Review

Michael Johnson, 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 Read complete review

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