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Roger Hecht
American Record Guide, January 2017

This new Frankfurt performance is terrific. The opera sounds heavier and warmer in German, and the sound is fuller than the Czech recording. The Frankfurt orchestra is grand, and Sebastian Weigel is every bit as good in his German way as Krombholc was in his Czech. © 2017 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



James H. North
Fanfare, January 2017

This performance is a total success; the two principals sing well and create convincing personas, …Nine other singers perform 25 roles; the chorus has little to do. The orchestra is always at the forefront of the action, and the Frankfurt ensemble is on its toes at every moment. © 2017 Fanfare Read complete review




David Shengold
Opera News, January 2017

Sebastian Weigle conducts incisively, and his cast—Oper Frankfurt house singers of many nationalities, including Austrian–American tenor Kurt Streit in the lead (Michel)—puts across clearly the anomalous-sounding German text. Streit started as a fine Mozart tenor and most recently appeared at the Met in 2009 as Skuratov in From the House of the Dead. Always a resourceful singing actor, he gives life to the reality and memory-challenged lover, though a youthful timbre would help. Colombian soprano Juanita Lascarro sounds good as the shadowy title heroine/collective fantasy object. Particularly noteworthy among the supporting singers in multiple roles are French baritone Boris Grappe and American tenor Beau Gibson. © 2017 Opera News Read complete review




BBC Music Magazine, October 2016

You should be beguiled by changes of pace and texture even when you’re wondering when the dream will end… © 2016 BBC Music Magazine



Neil Fisher
Gramophone, September 2016

…the strongest section is the middle act, with its tantalising almost-love duet for Michel and Julietta, and macabre interjections from a souvenir seller peddling invented memories and a threatening fortune-teller. Here, Weigle brings a wistful shimmer and languour to the music without compromising on the creepiness. Kurt Streit’s Michel and Juanita Lascarro’s Julietta make the most of the scene too.

The supporting cast are admirably focused, many sharing roles either because the dream world requires it or because of economy. © 2016 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone




Alain Steffen
Pizzicato, July 2016

Bohuslav Martinů’s opera ‘Juliette’ (The Key to Dreams) with a libretto written by the composer himself on the Surrealist author Georges Neveux’s play ‘Juliette ou la Clé de songes’, is one of the most interesting operas of the 20th century. Sebastian Weigle convincingly plunges in the poetic and fantasy atmosphere of this dream and he is an inspiring conductor for his excellent singers and his responsive orchestra. Recommendable listening! © 2016 Pizzicato





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