The strange case of the Wanderer's wandering eyepatch (as my neighbour pointed out tonight, attention to detail is not the Mariinsky's strong point):
More of your wise, incisive comments please.
Must say, though, Siegfried has been the best of the lot so far, although that is not saying much.
But what a waste of everything this experience has been!
Tristan Vieira |
01 August 2009 at 09:31 AM
Just like Tristan I thought Siegfried was the best so far - thankfully Vasily Gorshkov (Mime) seemed to have avoided taking acting lessons with the Mariinsky and knew what it was his character was singing.
Leonid Zakhozhaev made an admirable fist of portraying the obnoxious side of Siegfried, but is not suited to Wagner at all - which he has freely admitted himself.
Evgeny Nikitin left me wanting a slightly bigger voiced Wotan - and he should join Gorshkov in skipping acting lessons.
And then there was Olga Sergeyeva. Was anyone else feeling seasick? She was okay when she had to drop down low, but the instant she could let rip she sounded like the stereotypical comedic Wagner. A shame really as she has the lungs to belt out a tune.
A final mention for Anastasia Kalagina as the Woodbird - lovely voice.
The fan wasn't so loud tonight, or rather the performances on stage made me forget it more - until the final act.
Hopefully the Mariinsky’s backstage crew will continue the professionalism they’ve displayed all week and set a proper match to Valhalla at the end tonight.
01 August 2009 at 11:40 AM
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