, March 2008
The cast is indeed superb, including both seasoned pros—Franz-Josef Selig, Simon Keenlyside, and Thomas Allen (lavishly cast in the small role of the Speaker of the Temple)—and up-and-coming younger singers, most notably the remarkable Diana Damrau, who manages the vocal acrobatics of the Queen of the Night’s first aria while constantly on the move. Dorothea Röschmann is an appealing, very feminine Pamina: her second act “Ach ich fühls, es ist verschwunden,” one of Mozart’s finest, is exquisitely rendered. Her intended, Will Hartmann, has a voice that occasionally takes on a slightly leathery quality, but he’s an assertive and expressive leading man. Simon Keenlyside’s pleasing baritone is a given, but mostly he seems to be enjoying the opportunities for physical comedy that this production affords him.
Sir Colin Davis, associated with Mozart’s operas throughout his long career, leads with grace and drive, shaping the ensemble numbers effectively. © 2008 Fanfare Read complete review