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Lawrence Devoe, April 2012

Director Robert Carsen updates time and place, opening with Tannhäuser as a painter and Venus, his nude subject. This is a rich work with page after page of glorious music as only Wagner could write…the musical values are reasonably well upheld by the principals under the baton of Sebastian Weigle who gets the details, pace, and dynamics of this massive score completely right. Young German baritone Markus Eiche is one of the pleasant finds in this production turning in an excellent Wolfram. Gunther Groissbock…delivers a sonorous and deeply felt performance.

Given the rather dark character of this opera, the minimalist staging supports rather detracts much from its spirit. Camera work is excellent…Detail is very good and…accurately captured.

…the standard of singing is generally quite good and the voices well captured. The part of Tannhäuser is a vocal killer for many tenors and I was continually impressed by Seiffert’s ability to get its essence without sacrificing musicality. Another highlight is Eiche’s portrayal of the famous “Evening Star” aria…bringing out the lieder or song-like quality of this piece. The chorus is terrific and lends an important element to the proceedings.

…you are in for an enthralling three and a half of hours of glorious music. I actually thought that director Carsens got the duality of love and desire concept quite right… © 2012 Read complete review

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