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“That goes without saying”

“Wolfram von Eschenbach is played by the up and coming German baritone Daniel Schmutzhard.” [Opera Vlaanderen]

  • Cicciabella

    You couldn’t make it up. If you could, nobody’d believe it.

  • WindyCityOperaman

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  • Chanterelle

    I’ve noticed the name before--it’s one you don’t forget. A member of Oper Frankfurt’s ensemble, he sang (is singing, last performance is tomorrow) Donner at Bayreuth this season. At the first RHEINGOLD I thought he was oversinging, but he sounds sturdy--strapping, as at least one critic would say--and reasonably musical in this excerpt.

    • redbear

      I’m bringing my raincoat, just in case. (It was raining in Bayreuth when I arrived.)

  • Krunoslav

    i heard Herr Schmutzhard as a very solid Heerrufer in a de Billy-led Frankfurt LOHENGRIN in 2013 with Michael Koenig, Camilla Nylund, Heike Wessels, Robert Hayward and-- a terrific surprise- Falk Struckmann sounding great as Heinrich. Good Regie staging by Jens-Daniel Herzog.

    The kind of Oper Frankfurt performance that makes nonsense of the claims by a contempt-strewing senile fogey on Opera-L that such houses are provincial.

    • “But aren’t they all?”

    • ML

      I wonder how he is doing in the Salzburg Werthers.

  • Buster

    Looks interesting. Dmitri Jurowski has been very good for the orchestra. Mrs. Schmutzhard sings Elisabeth, but I have my eye on the excellent Liene Kinca, with Andreas Schager as Tannhäuser. Ausrine Stundyte is Venus -- she was fantastic as Bieito’s Lady Macbeth. Tickets go on sale tomorrow.

  • Feldmarschallin

    Mrs Schmutzhard could hardly be heard last night as Elsa. Volume of voice has diminished especially the top.Vogt was really the only really good singer.

    • umangialaio

      Was Frau Lang so disappointing not to deserve any mention? Ciao.


  • Feldmarschallin

    Lang with unimaginative phrasing.

  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin

    Schmutzhard has been a regular at Volksoper Wien since 2005, singing roles like Papageno and Figaro. I just heard him two weeks ago in the first Liederabend since the renovated Haus Wahnfried reopened, in the salon which overlooks the garden, in a program of Schumann and Mahler accompanied on the piano given to Wagner by Steinway in 1876. Granted, the salon holds about 90 people, but he sounded magnificent and moving more into the bass-baritone Fach -- also an excellent recitalist.

  • joggerboy

    I was also impressed with Schmutzhard in his appearances in René Jacobs’ recordings of Agrippina and The Magic Flute.