Monday, 20 June 2011

Waltraute's Victory





















Before the performance of Wermland Götterdämmerung, Classicalify was told it should maybe be the best one of the four parts. A friend also adviced us to keep an eye (and ear) on Waltraute, sung by Martina Dike.


And how right they were!


The production was just as good as Rheingold with the laser Rhein, marvellous lighting and the moves and direction for the Norns were also outstanding. The Norn's singing, with First Norn Maria Streijffert, was world class.


And so she came... Martina Dike as Walküre sister Waltraute. And she just blew our heads off. This was maybe THE biggest voice of all in this chamber version Ring. But she does have some years experience as Norn, Waltraute and Fricka from Bayreuth, Frankfurt and Stockholm. What a relief to at last her a Wagner mezzo opening her mouth and SING as you want them to...


The rest of the cast is not bad, Classicalify even think Pär Lindskog as Siegfried did much better this night. Alberich (Marcus Jupither) of course and Anders Larsson as Gunther (also Donner in Rheingold). Johan Schinkler as Hagen is also worth mentioning. Very good!


Cassicalify now repack, head back for a city close to you, and will report from more exciting performances around Europe soon.



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