In diesen heil’gen Hallen

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Nine Askonas Holt singers take centre stage at Covent Garden’s performances of Die ZauberflöteChristopher Maltman and Simon Keenlyside share the role of Papageno, bringing their vivid individual interpretations to a role they have both sung to universal acclaim across the world ; Brindley Sherratt and Matthew Rose share Sarastro making their role debuts in the house and continuing the great tradition of Askonas Holt  basses in this role; Ekatarina Siurina and Sophie Bevan sing Pamina for the first time in the house as does Andrew  Staples who sings his first Tamino; and Susana Gaspar, a new signing to the Askonas Holt roster, a Covent Garden young artist and Portugal’s entrant for the approaching Cardiff Singer of the World, sings Papagena.

Tim Ashley of The Guardian says that “Maltman…is funny, sad, sexy and one of the best Papagenos you will ever hear.” whilst “Albina Shagimuratova’s show-stealing Queen of the Night is electrifyingly accurate…”. Hilary Finch comments that “I can’t remember for a long time hearing a Pamina as radiant, ripe and vocally expressive as that of Ekaterina Siurina. Her shaping and colouring of ‘Ach, ich fühl’s is breathtaking; her cry of ‘Tamino mein!’ heart-stopping.”. She also singles out Brindley Sherratt, saying that his Sarastro is “one of the best this production has seen” and Susana Gaspar, calling her Papagena “…delightful…”.

Performances are 16th, 18th, 22nd, 24th, 27th, 29th April and 3rd, 7th and 9th May 2013. Don’t miss out!

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