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I have copies of almost all of Wagner operas with performances dating back to the early 1950s. I have seen most of them performed in various venues but, having just viewed amd reviewed a recent Tannhauser dvd with great disappointment it was more than a delight to hear Kauffmann's magnificent performances of an excellent and varied selection of items from Wagner's works. In fact, after I had listened to the first few excerpts I was near to tears with emotion. Wagner makes heavy demands on his tenors and to be successful the singer must have more than a powerful and well focused voice but must be capable of conveying the sense of the action in the music plus the softer and more lyrical episodes must be just as fine as the more dramatic declamations.
I have enjoyed many fine heldentenors and Domingo as well over the years but never one who seems to me to have everything! I suspect he can only improve and I look forward in the hope that he gets round to giving us a chance to hear him in complete versions of Tristan, Parsifal and Meistersinger.
This must be the best £9 I have spent in a long time!
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Initial post: 12 Mar 2013 10:26:05 GMT
Martin Fierro says:
I saw him last week doing Parsifal in a new production at the Met in New York that was broadcast live in HD. He is a wonderful helden tenor and I am sure he will do Wotan in a few year's time. It helps that he is a native German speaker.
In reply to an earlier post on 7 Apr 2013 22:28:24 BDT
P. N. Hayden says:
It's highly unlikely that he will ever sing Wotan as that is a baritone role and he is a tenor. I can't think of a single example where someone who sang Parsifal then sang Wotan. Domingo now sings a few baritone roles but nothing as heavy as Wotan. Your comment made me smile though so thanks for that!
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