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Bryn Terfel and Anja Kampe shine brightly in Flying Dutchman

March 9, 2009
Bryn Terfel and Anja Kampe shone brightly in the current London production of The Flying Dutchman.

This fine Royal Opera House version allows Wagner the breathing space he needs to deliver a deeply moving piece of art. He might not be the easiest of composers to love, but Wagner’s the heavyweight I respect most of all. His music is uniquely engaging, his libretti don’t waste a single word.

You expect greatness from Welsh bass/baritone Terfel, Britain’s major star in the operatic firmament. And he didn’t disappoint.

German soprano Anja Kampe is a premier league Wagnerian in the making. This breathtakingly powerful performance was her Covent Garden debut. I hope we’ll see lots, lots more of her.

Gerry Smith

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