Powerful Voices Signal the End of the World: Götterdämmerung
Final Performances August 28 and 29
“The best part (besides the score) is the Brünnhilde of soprano Alexandra LoBianco … LoBianco has a rich, gleaming instrument that projects effortlessly over the orchestra to fill the house …[Clay Hilley] displayed a clarion tenor that was unfazed by the role’s killer-high tessitura … Neil Nelson, as Hagen, sang sumptuously and threateningly … Rebecca Wilson [Gutrune] has a beautiful lyric voice …Melissa Kornacki [Waltraute] struck sparks in her scene with her love-besotted sister. Baritone Timothy Lafontaine gave a strong portrayal as Alberich …”– Sarah Bryan Miller, Post-Dispatch
“Alexandra LoBianco is utterly brilliant as Brünnhilde…Dillard [Gunther] sings beautifully…Rebecca Wilson [Gutrune] is a staggeringly talented singer as well. Neil Nelson is wonderfully cast as Hagen…Indeed, there is so much talent at UAO’s performance…” — Raphael Maurice, STL Magazine
“[LoBianco] has the vocal power and sheen of a first-rate dramatic soprano and the acting skill to make even the biggest moments credible … Neil Nelson’s Hagen is a captivating study in emotional conflict and avarice, delivered with a big, powerful voice…” — Chuck Lavazzi, KDHX.org
“A showcase for some magnificent voices. Wagner would be pleased…he [Clay Hilley] shows himself a true heldentenor-that heroic tenor that this role demands; his clear, true voice easily fills the hall…[LoBianco] is even more astonishing. Such power! Such purity!…It’s a stellar production of one of the worlds most daunting operas.” — Steve Callahan, BroadwayWorld.com
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