Hofmannsthal’s untimely death meant he never finalised the libretto, leaving many ambiguities in the story that have to be resolved by the Director and singers of each production.
‘The American soprano is at home with the sweet-bitter universe of Richard Strauss and marvellously handled the delicate art of these “conversations in music”. Franz Welser-Möst reconfirms that Richard Strauss particularly inspires him’. Forum Opera
“Updated to 1930s Vienna, Sven-Eric Bechtolf's deft staging draws quality characterisations from everyone, with Tomasz Konieczny's likeable Mandryka outstanding. Gorgeous Viennese orchestral sounds.”
“superbly constructed, slickly produced and ardently performed by singers and orchestra alike. Don Kent's video direction is unobtrusively natural...More operas should be done this way.”
“Simply as an abstract visual object, this is a stunning production...a sumptuous treat, stunning in its colour, clean in its art-deco inspired lines and brimming with subtly illuminating details...Magee may not have the luminous voice of Renee Fleming...but once she warms up she's generally got what the role demands. Even in the more intricate passages, she doesn't scant the details. Both of the main rivals for her affections are excellent.”
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