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Simon Thompson
MusicWeb International, May 2017

The cast of singers is excellent here [Freischütz], …Peter Seiffert is at his most exciting and heroic as Max, never tiring and sounding human right to the end. Matti Salminen booms his way convincingly through Kaspar’s music, and László Polgár has brilliant presence as the deus-ex-machina Hermit of the final scene. Malin Hartelius is a lovely Ännchen, and it’s only a shame that the (perfectly capable) Agathe of Inga Nielsen wasn’t caught a little earlier.

…I find this opera [Genoveva] enormously compelling, with its brilliant sorceress role (Margaretha) and its majestic lead soprano role for Genoveva herself. The two men are also brilliant for different reasons, and all four leads sound fantastic here. Juliane Banse invests the title role with heroic grandeur, and she sings as though her life depended on it. Martin Gantner is a majestic but also very humane Siegfried, and Shawn Mathey’s Golo captures the conflicted nastiness of the character very well. The show is all but stolen by the marvellously hysterical Margaretha of Cornelia Kallisch and, best among the minor roles, Ruben Drole declaims his way through the (brilliantly named) role of Hidulfus. © 2017 MusicWeb International Read complete review

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