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Joshua Rosenblum
Opera News, April 2016

WEINBERG, M.: Passenger (The) (Bregenz Festival, 2010) (NTSC) 109079
WEINBERG, M.: Passenger (The) (Bregenz Festival, 2010) (Blu-ray, HD)
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Michelle Breedt, with her formidable, dramatically rich mezzo, and Elena Kelessidi, whose soprano cuts through the bleakness like a shaft of sunlight, give powerhouse performances as Lisa and Martha; their final confrontation in the prison camp is hair-raising. Robust tenor Roberto Saccà is vocally and emotionally versatile as Lisa’s husband, who was previously unaware of his wife’s disreputable past. The roiling Wiener Symphoniker is a full participant, often embodying the opera’s savage contrasts. The charismatic conductor Teodor Currentzis shows thorough mastery of this difficult but spellbinding work. © 2016 Opera News Read complete review



Robert Cummings
Classical Net, March 2016

The singers are quite fine throughout the opera, even those in minor roles like the SS officers and the various inmates. Michelle Breedt as Liese is vocally and dramatically effective… Roberto Saccà as Walter and Artur RuciƄski as Tadeusz are also very convincing. The Prague Philharmonic Choir turns in splendid work too.

Teodor Currentzis gets an excellent performance from the Vienna Philharmonic, which is no surprise. Still, to play this music with such commitment and spirit is no small feat because Weinberg incorporates different genres, such as jazz, and often shifts from one style to another. © 2016 Classical Net Read complete review



David Fanning
Gramophone, February 2016

The Bregenz production had the knife-edge atmosphere of a major rediscovery, and it features strong performances from most of the principals and from the Vienna Symphony Orchestra under Teodor Currentzis. The entire thing is superbly recorded and filmed. © 2016 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone




Manuel Ribeiro
Pizzicato, January 2016

The first staging of Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s ‘The Passenger’ is highly successful. Musically, Currentzis and his soloists care for the dramatic side of the score as well as for the emotion. © 2016 Pizzicato




Michael Cookson
MusicWeb International, January 2016

Crushingly powerful and deeply affecting, Weinberg’s The Passenger is presented strongly and is captured marvellously here on Blu-ray. © 2016 MusicWeb International Read complete review





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