Shot over three days by leading opera director Brian Large , this recording benefits from the ideal technical conditions made possible by a closed session. Alden, one of the most iconoclastic interpreters of classical opera, stirs up the visionary, erotic, and archetypal elements in Wagner's work. The cold, forbidding aspect of the stylized and predominantly monochrome sets and costumes by Roni Toren and Buki Shiff manifests the strait-jacket of tradition from which Tannhäuser seeks to free himself in this powerful opera.
"The cast is generally excellent. All of the cast have terrific voices and use them well here…they also act quite well, which is unusual for an opera cast. Tannhauser comes across as truly tormented and guilt-ridden, while Waltraud Meier's Venus is a delicious spectacle of sultry lust culminating in libidinous fury. The performances are quite enjoyable." - Mark Zimmer, Digitally Obsessed
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