Sueddeutsche Zeitung

20.06.07 (Translation)

Thundering Applause
Bryn Terfel and Barbara Krieger enthuse in the Hercules Hall
By Klaus P. Richter

If you go to see the »heroic baritone of the 21st century«, you will always get your money's worth. For through his qualities as a singer as well as through his physical presence, Bryn Terfel transforms any potpourri of singing numbers into something special. Given the welcoming applause by his enthusiastic community of fans, it seemed as though there was actually no need for him to sing at all in the Hercules Hall. But when he did, his dramatic creative power took full control of the hall already with Mozart's »Non più andrai« from the »Figaro«. In the arias from »Falstaff« and Wagner's »Flying Dutchman« he finally reached his top form. Admittedly, even the Welsh doyen is growing older and, occasionally, there is a creak when he switches registers from head to chest voice. But in Falstaff's grotesquely trenchant »Eh! Paggio« this even turns into an advantage. Terfel's partner was Barbara Krieger from the Vienna State Opera. Her splendid forte in the highest registers was overwhelming, and »Felicity that Stayed with Me« from Korngold's »The Dead City« worked out in a truly magical way.

Gabriel Fetz, director of the Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Dresden Symphonic Orchestra worshipped the ground on which the singing stars walked. They gave proof of a distinctive profile though in the overture to the »Flying Dutchman« and, above all, when they showed that the stylistic cut between Wagner's »Dutchman« turmoil and John Adam's turbulent sound spectacle »Short Ride in a Fast Machine« was not as sharp after all as one was likely to assume in advance. Süddeutsche Zeitung