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American Record Guide, November 2017

The singers come from a number of countries: the Manolios is Swiss, the Katerina is Ukrainian, and so on. Singers in some smaller roles come from Greece, Turkey, and China. All generally sing well…

The orchestral and choral contributions are firmly realized under Dirk Kaftan, who has been music director of the Graz Opera since 2013. The recorded sound is well balanced and full, with enchanting offstage effects. One can readily imagine oneself at a performance. © 2017 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Mark Pullinger
Gramophone, August 2017

Dirk Kaftan conducts the Graz Philharmonic in a performance of great sincerity. …Wilfried Zelinka sings the testy priest Grigoris, …while Markus Butter is a moving Fotis, the refugees’ priest. Swiss tenor Rolf Romei sings most movingly as Manolios, the young shepherd chosen to play Christ, with great attention to text, while Dshamilja Kaiser is a striking Katerina, the villager in love with Manolios. The string phrase when Katerina donates her shawl to one of the refugees is an example of Martinů at his most open-hearted. © 2017 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone




Norbert Tischer
Pizzicato, March 2017

A burning issue still today, this opera about migrants arriving in a Greek community just preparing a passion play was written by Bohuslav Martinů in the Fifties of the last century. The music is colourful and ardent, and the recorded production from the Graz Opera deserves lots of praise. © 2017 Pizzicato





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