, March 2017
Wolfgang Koch’s Amfortas is acted with great courage and, barring a few effortful high notes, excellently sung. Tómas Tómasson, totally invested in Tcherniakov’s view of Klingsor, brings more variety of color to his vocalism than is usually heard in the role. Matthias Hölle, a former Gurnemanz now in his mid-sixties, sings an imposing Titurel.
Flowermaidens, knights and esquires are adequate, but the stirring singing and acting of Berlin’s male chorus deserve singling out. Daniel Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin anchor the performance with their palpable unity of purpose. This bombast-free, blessedly unfettered interpretation reaches a memorable peak of expressiveness in the Charfreitagzauber. © 2017 Opera News Read complete review