Posted on 1 Aug 2011
The august edition of the international opera magazine Opera Now features an enthusiastic review of Marco Arturo Marelli's Die Frau ohne Schatten, seen on stage at Vlaamse Opera last April.
Yehuda Shapiro http://www.rhinegold.co.uk/magazines/opera_now/default.asp
“Some productions present Die Frau ohne Schatten as too much of an overwhelmingly good thing, but this was an exhilarating evening that ran the gamut from minute nuance to house-filling decibels. Alexander Joel's superb conducting of Strauss's huge score favoured transparency and momentum, even if - quite excusably - he indulged Thomas Johannes Mayer's most glowingly expansive moments as Barak the Dyer.”
“Occasional touches of sentimentality were by no means out of place, and big-heartedness triumphed in Marco Arturo Marelli's staging of the opera's closing quartet.”