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Jim Westhead
MusicWeb International, May 2020

JANÁČEK, L.: From the House of the Dead [Opera] (Bavarian State Opera, 2018) (NTSC) BAC173
JANÁČEK, L.: From the House of the Dead [Opera] (Bavarian State Opera, 2018) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) BAC573

…I must say how good the principals are as actors. This applies to Bo Skovhus as Siškov, Peter Rose as Gorjančikov, Christian Rieger (camp governor), Callum Thorpe (Don Juan), Aleš Briscein (luka) and particularly to the dramatic virtuosity of Charles Workman as Skuratov.

…They are supported by the excellent playing of the Bavarian State Orchestra under Simone Young. The stage is well lit, providing an excellent view of the imaginative rotating prisoner camp, and the sound quality is excellent. © 2020 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Dean Frey
Music for Several Instruments, March 2020

JANÁČEK, L.: From the House of the Dead [Opera] (Bavarian State Opera, 2018) (NTSC) BAC173
JANÁČEK, L.: From the House of the Dead [Opera] (Bavarian State Opera, 2018) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) BAC573

A post-modern pastiche redeemed by music

The Munich production shines in this regard. Simone Young’s conducting of the Bayerisches Staatsorchester and Chorus is outstanding; the music is taut and naturally evolving… The singing, and within Castorf’s limits, the acting, of the principals is marvellous. Evgeniya Sotnikova is outstanding as Aljeja in her various guises, while standouts in the otherwise all-male cast include Peter Rose, Ales Briscein and Charles Workman. I believe this production will improve each time I watch it; there’s no doubt in my mind, though, that this is one of the greatest operas ever written. © 2020 Music for Several Instruments Read complete review



Matthew Whitfield
The WholeNote, March 2020

JANÁČEK, L.: From the House of the Dead [Opera] (Bavarian State Opera, 2018) (NTSC) BAC173
JANÁČEK, L.: From the House of the Dead [Opera] (Bavarian State Opera, 2018) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) BAC573

The Staatsoper soloists, chorus and orchestra are superb throughout this short yet intense work, conveying the depth and darkness of the score without once coming across as melodramatic. One of the 20th century’s most profound and significant operatic composers, Janáček displays his mastery in full force in From the House of the Dead, and this production is highly recommended to all who enjoy this Czech master’s works. © 2020 The WholeNote Read complete review



Lark Reviews, March 2020

JANÁČEK, L.: From the House of the Dead [Opera] (Bavarian State Opera, 2018) (NTSC) BAC173
JANÁČEK, L.: From the House of the Dead [Opera] (Bavarian State Opera, 2018) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) BAC573

…The musical side is impressive with Peter Rose outstanding as Gorjancikov, but supported by a fine cast of singers who can act with intelligence. © 2020 Lark Reviews Read complete review



Robert Cummings
MusicWeb International, March 2020

JANÁČEK, L.: From the House of the Dead [Opera] (Bavarian State Opera, 2018) (NTSC) BAC173
JANÁČEK, L.: From the House of the Dead [Opera] (Bavarian State Opera, 2018) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) BAC573

The singing is excellent. Bo Skovhus is brilliant: his Third Act account of Šiškov’s killing is arguably the dramatic highlight of the opera.

Simone Young and the Bavarian State Opera Orchestra deliver a vital, spirited performance of the music, and the chorus turns in splendid work as well. Conductor Young employs very lively but not hasty tempos, and her deft phrasing otherwise captures the pointed character of Janáček’s imaginative writing. She fully grasps his style and draws the most from this fine score. © 2020 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Robert Benson
ClassicalCDReview.com, March 2020

JANÁČEK, L.: From the House of the Dead [Opera] (Bavarian State Opera, 2018) (NTSC) BAC173
JANÁČEK, L.: From the House of the Dead [Opera] (Bavarian State Opera, 2018) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) BAC573

This performance is from the Bavarian State Opera recorded in June 2018 conducted by the remarkable Simone Young. Stage direction is by Frank Castorf, costumes are by Adriana Braga Peretzki (her costume for the wounded eagle is spectacular). The cast is uniformly superb. This is a masterpiece operaphiles surely should investigate. © 2020 ClassicalCDReview.com Read complete review



Rafael de Acha
Rafael’s Music Notes, February 2020

JANÁČEK, L.: From the House of the Dead [Opera] (Bavarian State Opera, 2018) (NTSC) BAC173
JANÁČEK, L.: From the House of the Dead [Opera] (Bavarian State Opera, 2018) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) BAC573

The cast and the marvelous Simone Young in the pit leading the superb Bayerische Staatsoper orchestra must be saluted for their endurance and for maintaining their dignity in spite of all the directorial nonsense. Among the more than twenty named roles, veteran bass Peter Rose is a standout, as is the Czech dramatic tenor Aleš Briscein, who manages to make his mother tongue, beset as it is with consonant clusters sound lyrical, when not dealing with the parlando setting of much of the text.  © 2020 Rafael's Music Notes Read complete review





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