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Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold
Fanfare, January 2017

…it is lovely to experience some of these legendary singers in their prime. Peter Schreier is a lyrical, sure-voiced Tamino, using his compact, rather white sound with elegance and making “Die Bildnis” a true highlight. Ileana Cotrubaș’s Pamina complements him well with her warm lyric soprano, noble bearing, and depth of emotion. Edita Gruberová, often hailed as “the best Queen of the Night,” demonstrates why that assessment was made with her agile fireworks in both arias. Martti Talvela brings his dark, resonant, lush basso to Sarastro, making him an imposing yet paternal figure. Gudrun Sieber is a pert, clear-voiced Papagena to Christian Boesch’s towering Papageno. Boesch demonstrates why he owned this role in his day. Not only does he sing with a beautiful lyrical baritone, but he imbues the birdman with a wealth of dramatic nuance, making him loveably human—a funny, boyish, sweet, tender, embraceable mirror of ourselves. The supporting roles are likewise cast with top-tier singers. The three ladies, who harmonize beautifully, are none other than Edda Moser, Ann Murray, and Ingrid Mayr. © 2017 Fanfare Read complete review

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