Kultur is proud to announce the DVD release of Lauritz Melchior: The Art of the Heldentenor
in Opera and Song Vols.
When I was a teenager, I heard Bruce Dickinson, and he sounded like a Heldentenor
Michael Weinius, the Swedish tenor debuting with the company as Siegmund, is a genuine Heldentenor
and his duet with Lee Bisset's passionate Sieglinde finished Act 1 on a note of exalted joy and ominous foreboding.
As her suitor Erik, the Estonian heldentenor
Mati Turi (not in his best voice) looked the part of the baffled stout yeoman.
While only bass Stephen Milling and veteran heldentenor
Poul Elming are well known on the international scene, the cast is superb, musically and dramatically, but pride of place must go to baritone Johan Reuter, who nearly steals the show as the Figaro-like valet Henrik.
But this production has much to recommend it beyond its physical merits and Steingraber's lucid direction, most especially two leads who can actually sing the roles: heldentenor
John Treleaven as Tristan, making his company debut, and soprano Linda Watson as Isolde.
He did not sing in the performance I attended, the role being taken creditably by the Canadian Ben Heppner, who is a slowly emerging Heldentenor
with a tendency to be less expressive and various than his excellent voice would otherwise allow.
With Ben Heppner now retired, Pomeroy is perhaps the closest we have in Canada to a heldentenor
, the type of voice needed for this role.
Anne Sofie von Otter channelled a mix of Cruella de Vil and Mary Portas as Begbick, while Kurt Streit gave lowlife messiah Jimmy McIntyre the full heldentenor