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Lynn René Bayley
Fanfare, May 2014

…the sets are recognizable and colorful, and the voices are all splendid…the singers are all splendid, as well as splendidly suited for their respective roles.

…this is the finest vocal quartet I’ve ever heard sing this opera, and the performance as a whole is a delight from start to finish. Bravo for Peter Wood, Gustav Kuhn, and this talented cast! Heartily recommended. © 2014 Fanfare Read complete review

James A. Altena
Fanfare, May 2014

The treatment of the musical aspects of the production supports the production conception in every way…the Glyndebourne Chorus and London Philharmonic are in fine form. All five soloists are excellent… © 2014 Fanfare Read complete review

Robert J Farr
MusicWeb International, January 2014

Valerie Masterson as Konstanze…has to scale the vocal heights in the notorious Martern Aller Arten…She does so with seeming ease, vocal poise and good expression. Lillian Watson is a pert and well-acted Blonde…She too has vocal challenges to surmount and does so with aplomb. As Pedrillo, James Hobak acts the role of the bullied gardener…very well indeed. As Osmin, Willard White is in his element mixing sly humour with his character’s nasty intentions towards all the Bassa’s prisoners. It’s an altogether outstanding characterisation.

On the rostrum Gustav Kuhn, renowned for his support for singers, paces the work without undue hurry. He allows the soloists to achieve the demanding vocal acrobatics whilst portraying the character concerned. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review

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