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Opera, March 2020

WAGNER, R.: Tristan und Isolde [Opera] (Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, 2016) (NTSC) 752208
WAGNER, R.: Tristan und Isolde [Opera] (Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, 2016) (Blu-ray, HD) 752304

Rachel Nicholl’s Isolde is impassioned and purposive. Expressively solid and vocally bold, her singing is aptly scaled and her diction focused… a remarkable achievement. © 2020 Opera



Raul da Gama
The WholeNote, January 2020

WAGNER, R.: Tristan und Isolde [Opera] (Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, 2016) (NTSC) 752208
WAGNER, R.: Tristan und Isolde [Opera] (Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, 2016) (Blu-ray, HD) 752304

The cast directed by Pierre Audi (and musicians by Daniele Gatti) masterfully navigate Wagner’s sinuous melodic lines and suspended harmonies. A sense of heady sensuality and physical longing saturates this production. Andreas Schager and Rachel Nicholls are brilliant in the title roles. © 2020 The WholeNote Read complete review



Roy Westbrook
MusicWeb International, January 2020

WAGNER, R.: Tristan und Isolde [Opera] (Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, 2016) (NTSC) 752208
WAGNER, R.: Tristan und Isolde [Opera] (Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, 2016) (Blu-ray, HD) 752304

Andreas Schager makes a dependable Tristan, who has the notes and power for this demanding role. … Rachel Nicholls as Isolde is vocally secure and pure of tone, with less vibrato than we usually hear in a big Wagner role. She can soar above the orchestra in her (many) big moments, too.

The Orchestra of Teatro Opera of Rome has not usually been rated as one of the best opera house orchestras but they are excellent throughout, with many a find wind solo, and good balance between sections in tuttis. Daniele Gatti might have encouraged more quiet singing at times, but he is a master of the score, and of the long lines needed to make it cohere over its large musical units. The DVD surround sound is up to C major’s usual very good standard. So a more than respectable Tristan und Isolde overall, if not one to leap to the top of the rankings. © 2020 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Michael Johnson
ConcertoNet.com, January 2020

WAGNER, R.: Tristan und Isolde [Opera] (Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, 2016) (NTSC) 752208
WAGNER, R.: Tristan und Isolde [Opera] (Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, 2016) (Blu-ray, HD) 752304

Andreas Schager has a well-established career in this fach Rachel Nicholls has a voice that lies on the lyrical (vs dramatic) side for Isolde… Her voice is very attractive, and she maintains an alert dramatic presence.

Both John Relyea as King Marke and Brett Polegato as Kurwenal are ideal in their roles. Each benefit in having relatively succinct scenes… they look terrific in their close-ups, and they are in fine, steady voice. © 2020 ConcertoNet.com Read complete review



Robert Benson
ClassicalCDReview.com, January 2020

WAGNER, R.: Tristan und Isolde [Opera] (Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, 2016) (NTSC) 752208
WAGNER, R.: Tristan und Isolde [Opera] (Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, 2016) (Blu-ray, HD) 752304

This new production of Wagner’s masterpiece was directed by Pierre Audo, who for three decades was artistic director of the Dutch National Opera. Sets and costumes were designed by Christopher Hetzer. It is a minimalist production… What we experience here is taken from live performances in the Rome Opera House in 2016. The real star here is the orchestra under Daniel Gatti. © 2020 ClassicalCDReview.com Read complete review



Lark Reviews, December 2019

WAGNER, R.: Tristan und Isolde [Opera] (Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, 2016) (NTSC) 752208
WAGNER, R.: Tristan und Isolde [Opera] (Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, 2016) (Blu-ray, HD) 752304

This new production by Pierre Audi comes pretty close in its intensity and the passion of its singers. Andreas Schager is certainly the finest Tristan since Wolfgang Widgassen and the third act is so overwhelming…

…Rachel Nicholls is a fine Isolde but it is Michelle Breedt’s Brangane and Brett Polegato’s Kurvenal who are outstanding. John Relyea is a young and very moving King Marke and the whole is held together by the loving intensity which Daniele Gatti draws from the pit. © 2019 Lark Reviews Read complete review





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