Wagner: Die Walküre

Münchner Merkur (Germany)

This recording does away with the idea that Wagner can only really be performed in Europe. And at the outside can possibly be well cared for in the USA. This live Walküre is part of the first Australian Ring. At the center of it is Deborah Riedel’s darkly timbered, emphatic Sieglinde, and Stuart Skelton, whose Siegmund, in an almost songlike fashion takes the liberty of ... long "Walse" calls. John Bröcheler (Wotan) ... [has] declamatory accuracy, and conductor Asher Fisch sits on warm-blooded, never too offensive, sonorous and deliberate speeds.

  A surprising Wagner treat.