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Wagner: Parsifal

Wagner: Parsifal

Recorded live at the Royal Opera House


Simon O’Neill (Parsifal), Angela Denoke (Kundry / Voice from Above), René Pape (Gurnemanz), Gerald Finley (Amfortas), Willard W. White (Klingsor) & Robert Lloyd (Titurel)

Royal Opera Chorus & Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Antonio Pappano (conductor) & Stephen Langridge (director)

Wagner’s last opera Parsifal is a work of intense humanity. It narrates the story of a troubled community ultimately healed through one man’s realization of the power of compassion. Created in honour of the bicentenary of Wagner’s birth, Stephen Langridge’s new production, with designs by Alison Chitty, distils with ‘intellectual fibre and visual eloquence’ (Financial Times) the timeless and universal nature of the Parsifal story. The cast includes great Wagnerian tenor Simon O’Neill in the title role. René Pape as Gurnemanz is ‘immaculate’ (Guardian), Gerald Finley as Amfortas is ‘compelling’ (Telegraph) and Angela Denoke as Kundry is ‘dramatically electrifying’ (Telegraph). The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House under Royal Opera Music Director Antonio Pappano give a ravishing rendition of Wagner’s sublime score. Filmed in High Definition and recorded in true Surround Sound.

Running time: 281 minutes

Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/JP/KO

Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

“this is a well-thought-through production whose ideas don’t fight against the music...In musical terms, too, this is a simply excellent performance...[Gurnemanz] is a role that René Pape might have been born to sing...[Finley] is similarly balm to the ears as Amfortas...[Denoke] seizes every dramatic opportunity which the role gives her.” MusicWeb International, 9th December 2014

“Amfortas [is] sung and acted with the greatest distinction by Gerald Finley...Denoke is always striking as Kundry but doesn't really have a large enough voice for the demanding role. The minor roles are well taken. And the orchestra covers itself with glory, tirelessly magnificent for all 270 minutes.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2015 **

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Weber: Der Freischütz

Weber: Der Freischütz


Christine Brewer (Agathe), Sally Matthews (Ännchen), Lars Woldt (Kaspar), Simon O’Neill (Max), Stephan Loges (Ottokar/Zamiel), Martin Snell (Kuno), Gidon Saks (A Hermit), Marcus Farnsworth (Kilian), Lucy Hall (Bridesmaids)

London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, Sir Colin Davis

Sir Colin Davis conducts the London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and a stellar cast of soloists in a concert performance of Weber’s eerily fantastical opera, 'Der Freischütz'.

'Der Freischütz' is heralded as one of the cornerstones of Romantic opera, drawing on traditional German folk tunes and elements of Romanticism for the first time in the history of opera. The evocative and colourful orchestration is particularly impressive in the '‘Wolf’s Glen’ scene: often considered the most gruesomely expressive rendering of evil to be found in a musical score!

All three main soloists are well established on LSO Live: Opera News declared the Verdi Requiem (LSO00683), featuring Christine Brewer, as "one of the finest recordings the work has ever received". Sally Matthews, who has performed regularly with Sir Colin Davis, was praised in her role in Haydn's 'Creation' (LSO0628). Simon O’Neill’s previous appearance on the label, in the title role of Verdi's 'Otello' (LSO0700) saw much critical acclaim, and confirmation that "he is the best heroic tenor to emerge over the last decade" The Telegraph.

Read Presto's complete review of this disc here.

“the love [Davis] felt toward Der Freischütz can be felt in almost every bar...there is nothing galumphing here, and the LSO make themselves happily rustic whenever the music swings that way...The vocal cast? Always decent, sometimes compelling.” The Times, 10th May 2013 ****

“Over the decades, Davis’s tempi have become more measured, but the Wolf’s Glen scene still has spook factor aplenty...Chorus and orchestra are the stars here.” Sunday Times, 12th May 2013

“The joys of the performance lie in the way the acoustical demands of the work have been met” Financial Times, 11th May 2013

“a moving testament to the late Sir Colin Davis, as well as a thrilling performance in its own right...The chorus, especially in the Wolf's Glen, enthralls, as does the orchestra, rising to every challenge, urgent or lyrical, heroic or poetic. Davis, as ever, balances unrushed tempi with moments of raw excitement and aural extravagance” The Observer, 11th May 2013

“This is a sincere reading of the work, but sincerity should not be confused with a lack of sophistication. The orchestral textures are pristine, the tempos and colours bracing and plaintive, with faultless work from clarinettist Chris Richards.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2013

“Davis plays scrupulous attention to Weber’s orchestral subtleties, which he cherishes as lovingly as a good Berliozian should…Christine Brewer floats a lovely tone in ‘Leise, leise’ and especially ‘Und ob die Wolke’. There is no dialogue, but some fine orchestral playing… with Davis drawing a memorably brooding atmosphere from all his players.” Opera, August 2013

“If Davis's handling of the score lacks the dramatic punch of the Kleibers' readings, there are some fine things here - his phrasing of the score's many lyrical moments, the playing of the orchestra and the careful and exciting casting. Simon O'Neill is virtually perfect for Max, not too über-Heldentenor and not too light” Gramophone Magazine, August 2013

“Brewer is an Agathe of exceptional beauty and poise. Sally Matthews’ lovely Ännchen is so riveting that she could just as well have been singing Agathe. Simon O’Neill’s Max is neither too Wagnerian nor too Mozartean...this last opera recording by Sir Colin Davis is worth acquiring for all admirers of this uniquely enticing conductor. A worthy memorial.” MusicWeb International, 30th August 2013

“this is a first-class recording of Weber’s most popular opera. Not only is the singing and playing of the highest order, it also demonstrates perfectly the qualities of Sir Colin Davis’s conducting, and is a fitting valedictory tribute to a great man.” James Longstaffe, Presto Classical, 6th May 2013

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Beethoven: Human Misery, Human Love

Beethoven: Human Misery, Human Love


Beethoven:

Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 'Choral'

Erin Wall (soprano), Mihoko Fujimura (mezzo), Simon O’Neill (tenor), Mikhail Petrenko (bass)

with monologues 'Where have you gone my revolutionary friend?' and 'Où es-tu, mon ami révolutionnaire? (written and narrated by Yann Martel)


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Verdi: Otello

Verdi: Otello

DSD recording, live at the Barbican December 2009


Simon O’Neill (Otello), Gerald Finley (Iago), Anne Schwanewilms (Desdemona), Allan Clayton (Cassio), Ben Johnson (Roderigo), Alexander Tsymbalyuk (Lodovico), Matthew Rose (Montano), Lukas Jakobski (Herald) & Eufemia Tufano (Emilia)

London Symphony Chorus & London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis

‘an electrifying account ... Simon O’Neill made a tremendous debut in the title-role, giving notice that he is the best heroic tenor to emerge over the last decade’ Daily Telegraph

Sir Colin Davis’s eagerly anticipated recording of Verdi’s Otello is released on the 10th anniversary of the LSO Live label. Opera has always formed an important part of the label’s output – recording concert performances of opera allows listeners to enjoy the drama of a live performance without the problems associated with recording in a theatre.

Among Sir Colin’s greatest triumphs on LSO Live have been his award-winning recordings of Berlioz’operas plus Peter Grimes, Fidelio and Verdi’s final opera, Falstaff. Falstaff was released in 2004 and collected the Grammy Award for Best Opera.

Sir Colin is joined, in the title role of Otello, by one of the world’s most exciting young tenors. New Zealander Simon O’Neill stepped in at short notice to these concerts, making his debut in the role (although he had studied it with Domingo), delivering what can only be described as an astonishing performance. The villainous Iago is played by Gerald Finley and Otello’s wife, Desdemona, by Anne Schwanewilms.

Verdi had retired from opera following the premiere of Aida in 1871 but was eventually persuaded by his publisher to work with the librettist Arrigo Boito. As with Falstaff, Verdi’s final opera on which they would subsequently collaborate, they turned to Shakespeare for inspiration. Otello, which was premiered in 1887, marked a significant evolutionary development in Italian opera and is widely regarded as one of the great operatic masterpieces.

Concert reviews

‘This was an electrifying account of a masterpiece, conducted with an explosive energy that belies Sir Colin’s eighty years and pushed the LSO to the top of its game. Simon O’Neill made a tremendous debut in the title-role, giving notice that he is the best heroic tenor to emerge over the last decade … Gerald Finley was an arrestingly crisp and snakily plausible Iago … Verdi’s great music drama shone in all its power and glory’ Daily Telegraph

‘a performance of Verdi’s opera that had finesse, fervour and glorious lyricism … Such is Davis’s rapport with the LSO and its rampant Chorus that he can unleash greater musical power with an elegant flick of the baton than most conductors muster with flailing arms. Gerald Finley was a superb Iago: insiduously sinister, yet sustaining a wonderfully suave line. And the New Zealand tenor Simon O’Neill gave an immense performance … he will make the Moor his own’ The Times

‘a thrilling performance from beginning to end … an evening to treasure; not just for Davis’s contribution, but for an impressive debut from the young New Zealand tenor Simon O’Neill. O’Neill mastered Otello’s many moods with a striking musicality and an evenness of tone throughout the range. He will go far, and promises to be the outstanding Wagner Heldentenor we have been longing far … the men, led by Gerald Finley’s totally convincing and committed Iago, were splendid’ Mail on Sunday

Read Presto's complete review of this disc here.

“Age has not dimmed Davis’s musical vitality, any more than it did Verdi’s...Davis inspires the London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus to a performance of vigour and refinement, and it’s for their contribution – and Gerald Finley’s suave, stylish Iago – that this recording stands out.” Financial Times, 16th October 2010 ***

“ everything contributes to accentuating extremes: Colin Davis gets the LSO, in shattering form, to play chords like cannon shots...The two male leads are superb: Simon O'Neill is the most complete Otello since Domingo...Finley's debut as Iago is also a great reading - the most chilling I have ever heard.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2010 ****

“throughout, [O'Neill's] clarion tone is thrilling. But the heroes are Gerald Finley, a supremely malignant Iago, the superb orchestra and chorus, and Colin Davis, who makes the terror and pity of the opera almost unbearably vivid. This is an Otello to rank with Davis’s LSO Live Falstaff” Sunday Times, 31st October 2010 ****

“Finley gives a masterly account of [Iago], his voice seemingly transfigured by the Italian music and language...his singing - firm and resonant - is scarcely to be bettered on record...O'Neill is an unusual Otello in that he is so unequivocally a tenor, with no hint of baritone in his timbre...the playing is alert and sensitive to drama and text.” Gramophone Magazine, November 2010

“Davis’s electrifying conducting keeps the temperature high throughout this gripping performance...Simon O’Neill makes a powerful and confident debut in the title role, well matched against Gerald Finley’s subtle and sneaky Iago...with the additional merits of Allan Clayton’s vivid Cassio, the splendid chorus and superb playing from the LSO, this is a front-runner in the field.” The Telegraph, 12th November 2010 ****

“This is worth hearing for Finley's superb performance as Iago...listen to his chilling account of 'Cassio's dream', or the way he can inflect a single word like 'capitano'...Schwanewilms is touching as Desdemona, and the smaller roles are well taken.” Classic FM Magazine, December 2010 **

“Finley is suave, his experience in Lieder showing in detailed enunciation and delivery of the text...Clayton is bright-toned and much less wimpy than some Cassios; you could appreciate how Otello promoted him over Iago...In spite of the lack of Italianate voices, O'Neill's heroic singing and Davis's unexpectedly fiery conducting still make this a satisfying account of Verdi's miraculous score.” International Record Review, November 2010

“a spellbinding account, thanks to O’Neill, Anne Schwanewilms’s Desdemona and Gerald Finley’s Jago, but above all to Colin Davis’s warm, urgent but never forced interpretation” The Observer, 14th November 2010

“[O'Neill's] is one of the most dramatically sung and exciting performances you are ever likely to hear...his phrasing is beautiful and his top notes really ring...[Finley's] smooth and velvety tone succeeds where many others have struggled in portraying the calculated and cunning aspect of his villainy...The whole performance is exhilarating and it comes very highly recommended.” Chris O'Reilly, Presto Classical, 1st November 2010

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GGramophone Awards 2011

Finalist - Opera

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Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K620

Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K620


René Pape (Sarastro), Genia Kühmeier (Pamina), Paul Groves (Tamino), Diana Damrau (Queen of the Night), Inga Kalna (First Lady), Karine Deshayes (Second Lady), Ekaterina Gubanova (Third Lady), Christian Gerhaher (Papageno), Irena Bespalovaite (Papagena), Franz Grundheber (Speaker), Burkhard Ulrich (Monostatos), Franz Grundheber (Priest), Simon O’Neill (Man in Armour), Peter Loehle (Man in Armour) & Xavier Mas (Priest

Members of the Vienna Boys Choir, Wiener Staatsopernchor & Wiener Philharmoniker, Riccardo Muti (conductor), Pierre Audi (director)

Unsurpassed Mozartian Riccardo Muti conducts the Vienna Philharmonic and a superb cast in an outstanding performance of Pierre Audi's fantastic, colourful production of Mozart's sublime 'singspiel'. The cast is led by the superb German Bass René Pape, who has made the role of the priest Sarastro his own, and the remarkable coloratura soprano Diana Damrau, who brings fire and accuracy to the vocal pyrotechnics of The Queen Of The Night.

Subtitles: ENG, FR, SP, CH

“Gerhaher's beautifully enunciated Papageno and Kuhmeier's text-conscious Pamina have vocal class but they are given little to do as actors. Muti shapes good playing with po-faced grandeur .” Gramophone Magazine, May 2015

“A winning cast...Amazing.” New York Times

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Wagner: Parsifal

Wagner: Parsifal

Recorded live at the Royal Opera House


Simon O’Neill (Parsifal), Angela Denoke (Kundry / Voice from Above), René Pape (Gurnemanz), Gerald Finley (Amfortas), Willard W. White (Klingsor) & Robert Lloyd (Titurel)

Royal Opera Chorus & Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Antonio Pappano (conductor) & Stephen Langridge (director)

Wagner’s last opera Parsifal is a work of intense humanity. It narrates the story of a troubled community ultimately healed through one man’s realization of the power of compassion. Created in honour of the bicentenary of Wagner’s birth, Stephen Langridge’s new production, with designs by Alison Chitty, distils with ‘intellectual fibre and visual eloquence’ (Financial Times) the timeless and universal nature of the Parsifal story. The cast includes great Wagnerian tenor Simon O’Neill in the title role. René Pape as Gurnemanz is ‘immaculate’ (Guardian), Gerald Finley as Amfortas is ‘compelling’ (Telegraph) and Angela Denoke as Kundry is ‘dramatically electrifying’ (Telegraph). The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House under Royal Opera Music Director Antonio Pappano give a ravishing rendition of Wagner’s sublime score. Filmed in High Definition and recorded in true Surround Sound.

Running time: 281 minutes

Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/JP/KO

Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

“this is a well-thought-through production whose ideas don’t fight against the music...In musical terms, too, this is a simply excellent performance...[Gurnemanz] is a role that René Pape might have been born to sing...[Finley] is similarly balm to the ears as Amfortas...[Denoke] seizes every dramatic opportunity which the role gives her.” MusicWeb International, 9th December 2014

“Amfortas [is] sung and acted with the greatest distinction by Gerald Finley...Denoke is always striking as Kundry but doesn't really have a large enough voice for the demanding role. The minor roles are well taken. And the orchestra covers itself with glory, tirelessly magnificent for all 270 minutes.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2015 **

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Wagner: Die Walküre

Wagner: Die Walküre

Live Recording from The Teatro Alla Scala, Milan, 2010


Simon O’Neill (Siegmund), John Tomlinson (Hunding), Vitalij Kowaljow (Wotan), Waltraud Meier (Sieglinde), Nina Stemme (Brünnhilde) & Ekaterina Gubanova (Fricka)

Teatro Alla Scala, Daniel Barenboim (conductor) & Guy Cassiers (stage director)

Richard Wagner called Die Walküre the “first evening” of the Ring of the Nibelung; he called Das Rheingold the prologue or Vorabend. Musically and dramatically, we are introduced to a radically new and different world when the opening bars of Die Walküre resound. A fully developed orchestral palette of Leitmotivs paints a wild storm scene, and the curtain rises on a modest dwelling: a fully human scene that has nothing to do with the gods, dwarves and nymphs of Das Rheingold. At the same time, however, the way Die Walküre portrays radical beginnings reveals some telling reminiscences of the unfolding of Das Rheingold. Die Walküre is exciting and deeply feeling drama.

The Scala “Ring” Cycle by Guy Cassiers is continued here with, as in Rheingold, numerous outstanding opera stars. Most of all, the leading ladies, ever wonderful Waltraud Meier as Sieglinde, marvellous Nina Stemme as a strong Brünnhilde and Ekaterina Gubanova as a convincing Fricka are to be named. Simon O’Neill and John Tomlinson fight a stirring duel as Siegmund and Hunding and Vitalij Kowaljow gives his dark portrayal of Wotan.

Daniel Barenboim presents a fantastic musical interpretation of this second and inspiring evening of the “Ring”.

Sound Format: PCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1

Picture Format: 16:9, 1080i High Definition

Format: 2 x DVD 9 / NTSC

Subtitles: DE (Original Language), GB, FR, ES, IT, Korean

Running Time: 238 mins

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“Any Daniel Barenboim Wagner performance is an event. True, his mannerisms are still apparent...but his poetic command of Wagner's phrasing tempers these...Gubanova is a steely, imperious Fricka. Best of all, though, is Nina Stemme's Brunnhilde. It's a radiant performance, occasionally effortful, but Stemme's golden tone stands the pressure.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2014 ****

“Meier is a tower of strength and dramatic ability just as one would expect...Stemme is properly fearless throughout as Brünnhilde...she is quite simply the best Brünnhilde since Nilsson, albeit of a very different stamp...Barenboim is a conductor at once powerful and sensitive.” MusicWeb International, 8th January 2014 ****

“Kowaljow as Wotan offers a smooth line, good top and a sense of stillness, in fact rather too much. Simon O’Neill is a tireless Siegmund and roused to dramatic heights by his outstanding Sieglinde, Waltraud Meier. Nina Stemme’s sheer presence and flood of rich tone make a strong Brünnhilde. Daniel Barenboim’s pulsing conducting is superlative.” Opera Now ***

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Wagner: Die Walküre

Wagner: Die Walküre

Live Recording from The Teatro Alla Scala, Milan, 2010


Simon O’Neill (Siegmund), John Tomlinson (Hunding), Vitalij Kowaljow (Wotan), Waltraud Meier (Sieglinde), Nina Stemme (Brünnhilde) & Ekaterina Gubanova (Fricka)

Teatro Alla Scala, Daniel Barenboim (conductor) & Guy Cassiers (stage director)

Richard Wagner called Die Walküre the “first evening” of the Ring of the Nibelung; he called Das Rheingold the prologue or Vorabend. Musically and dramatically, we are introduced to a radically new and different world when the opening bars of Die Walküre resound. A fully developed orchestral palette of Leitmotivs paints a wild storm scene, and the curtain rises on a modest dwelling: a fully human scene that has nothing to do with the gods, dwarves and nymphs of Das Rheingold. At the same time, however, the way Die Walküre portrays radical beginnings reveals some telling reminiscences of the unfolding of Das Rheingold. Die Walküre is exciting and deeply feeling drama.

The Scala “Ring” Cycle by Guy Cassiers is continued here with, as in Rheingold, numerous outstanding opera stars. Most of all, the leading ladies, ever wonderful Waltraud Meier as Sieglinde, marvellous Nina Stemme as a strong Brünnhilde and Ekaterina Gubanova as a convincing Fricka are to be named. Simon O’Neill and John Tomlinson fight a stirring duel as Siegmund and Hunding and Vitalij Kowaljow gives his dark portrayal of Wotan.

Daniel Barenboim presents a fantastic musical interpretation of this second and inspiring evening of the “Ring”.

Sound Format: PCM Stereo, dts-HD Master Audio 5.1

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Running Time: 238 mins

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“Any Daniel Barenboim Wagner performance is an event. True, his mannerisms are still apparent...but his poetic command of Wagner's phrasing tempers these...Gubanova is a steely, imperious Fricka. Best of all, though, is Nina Stemme's Brunnhilde. It's a radiant performance, occasionally effortful, but Stemme's golden tone stands the pressure.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2014 ****

“Meier is a tower of strength and dramatic ability just as one would expect...Stemme is properly fearless throughout as Brünnhilde...she is quite simply the best Brünnhilde since Nilsson, albeit of a very different stamp...Barenboim is a conductor at once powerful and sensitive.” MusicWeb International, 8th January 2014

“Kowaljow as Wotan offers a smooth line, good top and a sense of stillness, in fact rather too much. Simon O’Neill is a tireless Siegmund and roused to dramatic heights by his outstanding Sieglinde, Waltraud Meier. Nina Stemme’s sheer presence and flood of rich tone make a strong Brünnhilde. Daniel Barenboim’s pulsing conducting is superlative.” Opera Now ***

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Father and Son

Father and Son

Wagner Scenes And Arias


Wagner:

In fernem Land (from Lohengrin)

Ein Schwert verhieß mir der Vater (from Die Walküre)

Winterstürme wichen dem Wonnemond (from Die Walküre)

Siegmund heiß ich und Siegmund bin ich! (from Die Walküre)

Susan Bullock (Sieglinde)

Selige Öde auf wonniger Höh!...Das ist kein Mann (from Siegfried)

Götterdämmerung: Siegfried's Rhine Journey

Mime hiess ein mürrischer Zwerg (from Götterdammerung)

In Leid zu dem Wipfel (from Götterdammerung)

Erräth'st du auch dieser Raben Geraun (from Götterdammerung)

Brünnhilde, heilige Braut! (from Götterdammerung)

Sir John Tomlinson (Hagen)

Götterdämmerung: Siegfried's Funeral March

Amfortas! Die Wunde! (from Parsifal)

Nur eine Waffe taugt (from Parsifal)

Susan Bullock (Kundry)


“In the Wagnerian landscape, this is a revelation.” (Opéra)

“O'Neill gave a blazing account …, confirming his place in the forefront of today's dramatic tenors.” (The Daily Telegraph)

“A true heldentenor voice, with a rich, warm baritone quality in the lower registers combined with a clarion, ringing top.” (The Opera Critic)

“To make this CD,” O’Neill said recently, “has been a dream of mine since my first Wagner role, Siegmund in Die Walküre at the Metropolitan Opera, in which I was the cover for the great Placido Domingo. This album surveys Wagner’s mature career from Lohengrin in 1850 through to Parsifal in 1882.”

“This is an exciting calling card from a singer with every chance of a big Wagnerian future.” The Observer, 18th April 2010

“Bleeding chunks of Wagner can make for awkward home listening. But clever programming and the ringing heldentenor of O’Neill make this opera recital less bloody than some...O’Neill wrestles with father figures and magic swords in a voice powerful and noble.” The Times, 1st May 2010 ****

“His tone is more clean-cut [than Domingo's]...silver to Domingo's gold. His delivery...[is] thrilling, and not without real character and verbal sensitivity...He is lavishly supported here by his homeland orchestra..Altogether, this recording, in good sound, is more than promising.” BBC Music Magazine, June 2010 *****

“All credit to O'Neill for being able to make so much of this difficult assignment...in the more robust passages - Siegfried's reaction to the sleeping Brünnhilde, Parsifal remembering Amfortas's suffering - [his] authority and potential are unmistakable.” Gramophone Magazine, August 2010

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Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K620

Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K620

Pierre Audi (Director)


René Pape (Sarastro), Genia Kühmeier (Pamina), Paul Groves (Tamino), Diana Damrau (Queen of the Night), Inga Kalna (First Lady), Karine Deshayes (Second Lady), Ekaterina Gubanova (Third Lady), Christian Gerhaher (Papageno), Irena Bespalovaite (Papagena), Franz Grundheber (Speaker), Burkhard Ulrich (Monostatos), Franz Grundheber (Priest), Simon O’Neill (Man in Armour), Peter Loehle (Man in Armour) & Xavier Mas (Priest)

Members of the Vienna Boys Choir, Wiener Staatsopernchor & Wiener Philharmoniker, Riccardo Muti

“Gerhaher's beautifully enunciated Papageno and Kuhmeier's text-conscious Pamina have vocal class but they are given little to do as actors. Muti shapes good playing with po-faced grandeur.” Gramophone Magazine, May 2015

“A winning cast...Amazing” New York Times

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