Welsh National Opera Autumn Season

By Evans, Rian | Musical Opinion, January/February 2004 | Go to article overview

Welsh National Opera Autumn Season


Evans, Rian, Musical Opinion


Welsh National Opera Autumn Season

Given the outstanding quality of Vladimir jurowski's work with Welsh National Opera hitherto - both his Hansel and Gretel and The Queen of Spades remain indelibly imprinted in the memory - anticipation for his Parsifal ran high, not least since he was to be conducting a Wagner opera for the first time. We were not disappointed. Musically, this was a wonderful experience, with the orchestra of Welsh National Opera, so clearly uplifted by jurowski's inspirational conducting, playing with glorious assurance and authority. From the very opening of the elegantly unhurried Prelude, it seemed as if jurowski were casting a spell over the theatre and the audience was thus held, utterly transfixed, until the very end of the opera.

Unquestionably, the star of this production on 27 September was the young German baritone Alfred Reiter in the role of Gurnemanz. he is a supremely musical singer, with a gorgeous velvet tone and a natural pose and dignity that helped him carry the weight of the role, even if logic would have seemed to dictate that he were not yet mature enough for it. A more perfect enunciation of the text is hard to imagine: Reiters profound sensitivity to the meaning and significance of words brought a more complete realisation of Wagner's ideals than is usually heard even by native German speakers. In this respect his supremacy rather underlined the less than adequate articulation of some of the rest of the cast. It was the glaring fault of Sara Fulgoni's Kundry, but happily her only one. Fulgoni cut a striking figure on stage and her richly dramatic sound was most effectively projected in the long achingly expressive phrases, even if it was in Kundry's wilder music that the emotional core of her character emerged more readily. Parsifal was sung by Stephen O'Mara, who was initially rather disappointing but grew in vocal stature throughout the evening. By the end, it was possible to understand why he had been cast in the title role, even if Parsifal's implicitly shining goodness was not always musically as explicit as I would have wished. As Amfortas, Robert Hayward sounded less than comfortable, perhaps a consequence of his uncomfortable bandaging. His singing certainly had less of the philosophical, contemplative nature suggested by the vast and iconic statue of Amfortas which dominated the set of the First and Third Acts.

In the second Act, the massive scale of Kundry and her blood-red dress complemented the Amfortas statue and permitted the interesting notion of Kundry and Klingsor, played by a robust Donald Maxwell, being two facets of the same persona. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Note: primary sources have slightly different requirements for citation. Please see these guidelines for more information.

Cited article

Welsh National Opera Autumn Season
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen
Items saved from this article
  • Highlights & Notes
  • Citations
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Search by... Author
    Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.