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Richard Sininger
American Record Guide, September 2016

Camilla Nylund makes a noble Fidelio. The difficulties of her Act I aria hold no terrors for her; she sails through them with ease. Her Florestan is Jonas Kaufmann, here still on the verge of his great international career, but singing the short but fiendish role already as well as the great Florestans of the past. These two make a perfect heroic couple.

Among the other singers, I particularly like László Polgár as a very sympathetic Rocco, his fine bass voice perfect for this role. Alfred Muff creates a villain who is easy to dislike (dramatically), but who sings the part well. The Marzelline of Elizabeth Rae Magnuson and the wonderful bass Günther Groissböck (Don Fernando) also deserve praise. © 2016 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Robert Croan
Opera News, September 2016

Camilla Nylund’s bright, cool soprano is a shade light for Leonore, but she weathers the role’s heavier moments without strain or unsteadiness, and maintains credibility in male disguise without losing her personal beauty or dignity. …Every line is expressive, every phrase colored with high emotion, in sound as well as [Kaufmann’s] countenance and demeanor.

A strong asset is the warmly vocalized, humanely portrayed Rocco of the late László Polgár, who vocalizes his comic aria with bel canto richness and makes it clear that this jailer cares about the welfare of those in his charge. Günther Groissböck also provides some excellent singing as Don Fernando… © 2016 Opera News Read complete review



Barry Bassis
The Epoch Times, July 2016

BEETHOVEN, L. van: Fidelio (Zurich Opera, 2004) (NTSC) 109223
BEETHOVEN, L. van: Fidelio (Zurich Opera, 2004) (Blu-ray) 109224

The production is well acted and sung. As one might expect, Kaufmann is outstanding. His Act 2 aria “Gott! Welch Dunkel hier!” (“God! What darkness here!”) seems to explode from the depths of his soul up to the heavens. This aria is clearly the high point of the performance.

László Polgár is fine as the humane Rocco, while Alfred Muff manages to play Don Pizzaro without resorting to snarling.

Elizabeth Rae Magnuson is a charming Marzelline and Günther Groissböck is a dignified Fernando. Christoph Strehl sings well as Jaquino.

Nikolaus Harnoncourt conducts with authority, and Jürgen Flimm effectively directs a no-nonsense production… © 2016 The Epoch Times Read complete review



Hank Zauderer
My Classical Notes, April 2016

Finnish soprano Camilla Nylund in the title role presents a wonderful portrayal of the opposing characters of the loving wife, Leonore, and her alter ego, the young man Fidelio. The internationally renowned tenor Jonas Kaufmann is her counterpart Florestan—the attractive singer plays a convincing suffering prisoner, brought back to life by marital love. © 2016 My Classical Notes Read complete review





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