, May 2007
…Jeannine Altmeyer is terrific. Vocally and dramatically, she’s up to the varied demands of the part, from the besotted wife of the Prologue to the debased sexual victim of act I’s close to the life-affirming heroine of the opera’s final minutes. Her voice opens up on top, precisely where Kruse’s shuts down.
Kurt Rydl comes close to stealing the show. Götterdämmerung may be Brünnhilde’s opera, but a strong Hagen assures the work’s theatrical power and Rydl is a fearful-looking guy with his shirt off—the hirsute chest, bald head, and black suspenders evoking a malevolent professional wrestler—terrifying as he summons the townsfolk… Wolfgang Schöne, who has sung plenty of Wotans, presents a more complex and sympathetic Gunther than is often the case—more than just a pathetic fop. Likewise, Eva-Maria Bundschuh’s Gutrune is beautifully sung, her character developed beyond the standard rich-bitch stereotype. © 2007 Fanfare Read complete review