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Ralph V Lucano
American Record Guide, May 2016

The best of the singers are Landshamer, a delightful Annchen, and König, a lean, steady, ringing Max. …Eröd is a dignified, resonant Hermit.

The Dresden orchestra knows its way around the score, and Thielemann is alert to all the beauty and magic in the music. © 2016 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

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

Kevin Filipski
The Flip Side, January 2016

This 2015 Dresden production…has illuminating orchestral playing under conductor Christian Thielemann and, in an accomplished cast, Sara Jakubiak superbly plays Agathe, the female lead. This performance looks and sounds tremendous in hi-def. © 2016 The Flip Side 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

Nicholas Sheffo
Fulvue Drive-in, January 2016

Carl Maria von Weber’s Der Freischütz (2015) has no less than the amazing Christian Thielemann bringing the supernatural opera tale of class, royalty and wishful legacies to life with implications as relevant now as when it was first written by 1821. At 149 minutes, it is long, but never boring for long, involving and if you can really get into it, involving. …the cast (headed by Adrian Erod, Albert Dohmen & Sara Jakubiak) with the Dresden Staatskapelle is a grade-A production all the way and worth checking into if you are interested.© 2016 Fulvue Drive-in Read complete review

Rad Bennett
RadsReferenceReviews, December 2015

The Dresden Staatskapple orchestra is brilliant throughout with special praise due to the splendid horn section. …The staging is flawless and the video filming is close to perfect. …This is video opera done right! © 2015 RadsReferenceReviews Read complete review

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