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The most beautiful singing of the evening came from Martin Gantner as Wolfram. Although he does not have a huge voice, he produced sumptuous, unwavering tones and gave a flawless rendition of 'The Evening Star'. Franz Josef Selig was an authoritative Landgrave and song contestants: Walther von der Vogelweide, Heinrich der Schreiber and Reinmar von Zweter, sang with robust sounds. Jason Stearns was a commanding Biterolf with an exciting voice, while sweet sounding Karen Vuong was a splendid shepherd. We can hope to soon hear more from these fine new artists.
Petra Maria Schnitzer as Elisabeth and Peter Seiffert as Tannhäuser in Act 2. Photo © 2007 Robert Millard
The chorus, directed by William Vendice, produced accurate harmonies and gave a most moving rendition of the famed 'Pilgrim's Chorus'. Conductor James Conlon elicited a sensual, expansively romantic reading of the score from the company's most excellent orchestra. His tempi were never too fast or too slow and he showed a great deal of consideration for his singers. The production of a Wagner opera in Southern California is always a thrill and this spectacular production will not soon be forgotten.
Petra Maria Schnitzer as Elisabeth. Photo © 2007 Robert Millard
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