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David J. Baker
Opera News, November 2013

In this set’s concert performance from Frankfurt, Burkhard Fritz as Arindal…is confident and flexible, while two American sopranos—Tamara Wilson and Brenda Rae—shine in the roles of the fairy queen Ada and the hero’s sister Lora…Rae, as Lora, displays an especially distinctive tone and an assured delivery that proves riveting even in the most complex passages.

Conductor Sebastian Weigle leads an assertive, high-spirited performance, never slighting details such as the colorful instrumentation, with its interesting woodwind touches, and consistently allowing singers to make vivid dramatic points without losing momentum. © 2013 Opera News Read complete review

Robert Levine, May 2013

The fine cast is led by Sebastian Weigle with a sense of occasion. Arindal…is sung by Burkhart Fritz with an heroic timbre…As Ada…the theatrically involved Tamara Wilson has a full, lyric soprano voice that can spin a lovely phrase as well. Brenda Rae…sings the part of Lora, Arindal’s sister, and she has some of the score’s finest moments. Lora’s husband Morald, who is Arindal’s friend, finds baritone Michael Nagy showing off a rich, dark sound. The others…are all worth hearing. © 2013 Read complete review

Tim Pfaff
Bay Area Reporter, May 2013

The singing is alert and masterly all round, and dispatched with an intensity you have to admire…Burkhard Fritz is an ardent, golden-voiced Arindal; Michael Nagy a mellifluous, inviting Morald; and Tamara Wilson a simply stunning Ada. © 2013 Bay Area Reporter Read complete review, January 2013

It is a complex story of fairies and humans, secrets kept and revealed, transformations and immortality. And it is the artistic ability of the hero, Arindal, that eventually turns him into a hero…In fact, there are glimmers of later Wagner throughout Die Feen, which receives a very strong and interesting performance from the Frankfurt forces under Sebastian Weigle…this is very well-structured music…The Oehms presentation is a fine one throughout, and even includes the German libretto… It is worth noting that Wagner himself wrote the libretto, based on works by Carlo Gozzi. In this literary aspect of creativity as well as some musical ones, Wagner’s Die Feen literally sets the stage for the composer’s approach to his later works. © 2013 Read complete review

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