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KS Nina Stemme - Sopran


Tristan und Isolde (Isolde), Opernhaus Zürich, Januar 2015

«Nina Stemme, this generation’s successor to Flagstad and Nilsson, delivered a towering performance, as impressive for its dramatic intensity as for her outstanding voice. One could not hope ever to hear a better Act I performance from an Isolde than this: she raged like a primeval Celtic priestess when calling down destruction on the ship, and her narrative of how she couldn’t kill the wounded Tristan was deeply moving. While the power of her golden top register was thrilling, she did not rely on volume alone, but cut through the orchestral textures just as well at lower dynamic levels. Indeed, the flexibility and warmth of her tone was arguably even more winning than her sheer vocal heft. Naturally, Stemme’s Act III finale, the so-called “Liebestod”, was glorious: starting in a supine position did not compromise her sound in the slightest, and it mounted to a world-encompassing climax.»

David Larkin,, 26.01.2015