The first of Ivor’s two performances of Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta and Stravinsky’s Le rossignol at the Salzburg Festival have received rapturous five-star reviews. The two operas in a double-bill concert performance are sung by a sensational cast of today’s very finest singers, including soprano Anna Netrebko, and tenor Piotr Beczala, bass baritones John Relyea and Evgeny Nikitin (in Iolante) and sopranos Julia Novikova and Julia Lezhneva (in Le Rossignol). A second perfomance, entriely sold-out, will follow this Saturday 20th August.
“Ivor Bolton and the Mozarteumorchester Salzburg supported the singers with their equally colourful and richly detailed orchestral timbre, avoiding unnecessary opulence, and presented Tschaikovsy’s music in all its complexity – and did the same with the strict rhythms and transparent sounds of Igor Stravinsky’s first opera Le Rossignol which earlier that evening had resounded through the Groβes Festspielhaus.” – Heidemarie Klabacher, Der Standard
“Vocally, Netrebko captivated with her dark, melancholy timbre and her fabulous high notes. Their expressive power is impressive… At her side, the excellent tenor Piotr Beczala as Vaudemont, the powerful bass baritone John Relyea as her father, Evgeny Nikitin as the Moorish Physician and Alexey Markov as the Duke of Burgundy. A fantastic ensemble, the Mozarteumorchester under the baton of Ivor Bolton, took its place beautifully in the centre. The Russian soundworld suited the orchestra very well.” – Ernst P. Strobl, Salzburger Nachrichten
“The title role gave her (Julia Novikova) opportunities to rejoice and to shine with sweet coloratura and top notes. A charming appearance. Her young co-performances also distinguished themselves: Julia Lezhneva (Köchin), Antonio Poli (Fischer), Andrei Bondarenko (Kaiser), André Schuen (Kammerherr) und Maria Radner (Der Tod). Although Stravinsky is not its core repertoire, the Mozarteumorchester under Ivor Bolton certainly proved its worth.” – Die Kurier