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Israeli mezzo Siggal Zeira's Brangaene was a caring confidante. Her upper register was replete with lustrous tones but she had trouble projecting her low notes. As Kurvenal, Austrian bass-baritone Rupert Bergmann portrayed Tristan's devoted companion with a lusty, robust voice. Charles Robert Austin sang the part of Marke with a virile bass sound and gave an authoritative, searing interpretation of the betrayed king. He is an artist from whom we can expect to hear a great deal more in the future.
Rupert Bergmann (Kurwenal), standing, and Antonio Barasorda (Tristan), kneeling and clutching his wound. Photo © 2004 Jorge Colón
The only other Puerto Rican in the cast was José Ramon Torres who sang the parts of the Young Sailor, Melot and the Shepherd. His characterizations were apt and he sang each role with an appropriate sound. Although the opera's chorus had never sung in German before, its members learned to enunciate it correctly. Led by Carmen Acevedo, they sang with excellent intonation and commitment. This performance was indeed a treat. Everyone who participated worked intensely and the result was a masterful performance of Wagner's great paean to love.
Jane Eaglen and Antonio Barasorda in Act III. Photo © 2004 Jorge Colón
Copyright © 12 December 2004
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