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Porgy Amor
Parterre Box, May 2016

Christian Thielemann‘s conducting comes at Weber from the other end of Romanticism, emphasizing the link to Wagner and Bruckner in a smoothly blended, big-boned reading, with phrases not classically and crisply “attacked” but bubbling up and gliding out of what preceded them. …Under the direction of Jörn Hinnerk Andresen, the Staatsopernchor Dresden makes a glorious showing. © 2016 Parterre Box Read complete review

Eric Myers
Opera News, May 2016

WEBER, C.M. von: Freischütz (Der) (Semperoper Dresden, 2015) (NTSC) 733108
WEBER, C.M. von: Freischütz (Der) (Semperoper Dresden, 2015) (Blu-ray, HD) 733204

As the central character, Max, Michael König broods believably and sings with an expressive, well-placed tenor. His fiancée, Agathe, is Sara Jakubiak, …touching in the role and superb in her hushed prayer that opens Act III. As her friend Ännchen, …Christina Landshamer plays it resolutely straight rather than cutesy. She sings with a voice that is strong and not too sweet—a blessing in this case. The show is stolen, however, by Georg Zeppenfeld, as Kaspar. He is clearly a stage animal, with a steely-eyed intensity that’s impossible to ignore. His voice is also the most resonant and memorable—full, rich and effortlessly produced. © 2016 Opera News Read complete review

Michael Cookson
MusicWeb International, January 2016

Steeped in Weber’s enchantingly orchestrated music the Staatskapelle Dresden excel under Thielemann’s confident baton. I like the way he allows space for applause thus helping to engage the audience. Expertly coached by Jörn Hinnerk Andresen, the Staatsopernchor is in fine unified voice giving a particularly rousing rendition of the renowned Huntsmens Chorus and a charming Chorus of Bridesmaids. The video direction by Tiziano Mancini is generally commendable, keeping the cameras active.

Axel Köhler’s must-see production is a tremendous spectacle both for the sheer quality of the performances and the remarkable sonic and visual pyrotechnics. © 2016 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Mike Ashman
Gramophone, January 2016

The vocal casting is as precise and well calculated as the overall musical approach… Both Michael König…and the American soprano Sara Jakubiak (Agathe) are convincing presences and have voices ideally placed between the lyrical and the more heroic. Georg Zeppenfeld enjoys himself as rough melodramatic baddie rather than his habitual upright noble. Christina Landshamer encompasses Aennchen with warm sympathy and good top notes… © 2016 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone

Robert Benson, December 2015

…all are superb as actors as well as singers. The impressive staging is by Axel Köhler, who offers us a truly harrowing Wolf Glen scene. This is a magnificent presentation of Weber’s masterpiece unlikely to be surpassed. © 2015 Read complete review

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