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The Semperoper caused a sensation in November 2007 when it visited Japan for the first time in 26 years.The demand for tickets and the audience's enthusiam were unprecedented, not least because the company was staging a piece that is performed more authentically in Dresden than anywhere else in the world: Richard Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier, which received its first performance in Dresden in 1911. Leading the ensemble was the radiant-voiced Anne Schwanewilms, recently heard in Elektra at Covent Garden, a singer described by the Independent as "one of the greatest singers on the operatic stage today."
"Ms. Schwanewilms is an elegantly lovely woman. But more important, she is a very fine soprano with a clear, dusky-toned and focused voice. Her soft sustained high notes, delivered with scant vibrato and true pitch, were ravishing." The New York Times
"As Baron Ochs, the Austrian bass Kurt Rydl, a superb singing actor who makes words leap off the stage, conveyed the aggressive crudeness of this pathetically comic aristocrat." The New York Times
“Uwe Eric Laufenberg's production may be fuzzy, but this Dresden Rosenkavalier captured on tour in Japan has to be seen for Anne Schwanewilms's Marschallin, one of the most consummate operatic performances I've ever seen. Along with a beautiful, expressive face made for the cameras to adore come exquisitely phrased and coloured singing, total physical ease and an attention to the text which only a native German singer could achieve... There's world class singing, too, from Anke Vondung's Octavian - looking more like an elegant lesbian than a boy... and Maki Mori's girlish, twirling Sophie.”
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