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Johannes Martin Kränzle - Bariton/Bass


Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Beckmesser), Metropolitan Opera New York, Dezember 2014

«In a most successful house debut, Johannes Martin Kränzle brought handsome, burnished tone and a witty edge to the role of Sixtus Beckmesser, delivering the stiff, rule-bound character’s horrible songs with studied, art-song fussiness. Kränzle managed to turn this distasteful character into the town fussbudget and crank, pathetic in his posturing and deficient only in talent and kindness.»

Judith Malafronte,, 08.12.2014

«Johannes Martin Kränzle made a most auspicious Met debut as Sixtus Beckmesser, the Town Clerk and would-be suitor of Eva, who comes to grief in the final scene. It falls to the portrayer of this opera’s most enigmatic character to flesh out his actions and emotions and thereby bring Beckmesser to life. Kränzle’s Beckmesser seemed to combine elements of malice and vindictiveness that marked Hans-Joachim Ketelsen’s portrayal of the Clerk in 2007 with the conniving, petulant and pathetic character portrayed in earlier runs of this production by respectively Hermann Prey and Thomas Allen. Kränzle was vocally excellent and he carried off with masterful and perfectly timed gestures Beckmesser’s refusal to shake Walther’s hand, his antics in the Marker’s booth, his frustration when serenading Eva, and his humiliating failure to win the Song Contest.»

David M. Rice,, 08.12.2014

«With his robust voice and crisp diction, Mr. Kränzle played him as a fidgety, nervous, neurotic type, not a bad guy at his core.»

ANTHONY TOMMASINI, New York Times, 08.12.2014

«It was the house debut of Johannes Martin Kränzle as Beckmesser that carried much of this performance. Already the owner of an established career in Europe, Kränzle brought unusual poise to the role of the aged bachelor. His fluid, caramel tone made his own hackneyed rendition of the mastersong in the final scene a pleasure to hear, crummy lyrics and all.»

Eric C. Simpson, New York Classical Review, 08.12.2014