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Wagner: Siegfried

Canberra Times (Australia)
Bill Hoffmann

This is the third release in the Melba's complete recording of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, recorded live in the Adelaide Festival Theatre during the State Opera’s highly acclaimed 2004 performances of the four music dramas of this epic cycle.
I have already reviewed with great enthusiasm the exceedingly fine performances of the first two dramas, and Siegfried maintains that very high level. It is specially so for the performances of the singers in the two principal roles, soprano Lisa Gasteen as Brünnhilde and tenor Gary Rideout as Siegfried. Their concluding love duet is quite magnifient in the power of its dramatic projection and the sheer beauty of the singing. With the realism of the recording which captures the total performance with great fidelity, this is a notable continuation of this distinguished series of recordings.