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A Struggling Soldier and a Seductive Beauty: Two Tales of Yearning Vienna State Opera Presents `Wozzeck` and `Salome` By ANTHONY TOMMASINI MARCH 2, 2014

(...) Tomasz Konieczny, was excellent, bringing stentorian power and unusual dignity to this prophet, who pays with his life for resisting Salome’s twisted sexual needs and usually comes off as a pompous fanatic (...)

A Struggling Soldier and a Seductive Beauty: Two Tales of Yearning

Vienna State Opera Presents `Wozzeck` and `Salome`
By ANTHONY TOMMASINI
MARCH 2, 2014 A Struggling Soldier and a Seductive Beauty: Two Tales of Yearning

Vienna State Opera Presents `Wozzeck` and `Salome`
By ANTHONY TOMMASINI
MARCH 2, 2014 A Struggling Soldier and a Seductive Beauty: Two Tales of Yearning

Vienna State Opera Presents `Wozzeck` and `Salome`
By ANTHONY TOMMASINI
MARCH 2, 2014
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Vienna State Opera\'s SALOME @ Carnegie March 03, 2014 | Permalink

(...) Tomasz Konieczny was a revelation as Jochanaan. Mr. Konieczny has a voice of exceptional power which he unleashed with unflagging vitality, establishing the character as a vocal bulwark of godliness in a perverse and vulgar world. His thundering condemnations of Herodias sung from offstage built our anticipation for the great dialogue between Salome and the prophet.

Once onstage, Mr. Konieczny's voice seemed to quadruple in amplitude; the louder Maestro Nelsons drove the orchestra, the more powerful the bass-baritone's voice seemed to become. But the singer was also capable of deeply-felt lyricism, as in the great passage where he tells the princess:  "Go seek Him. He is in a boat on the sea of Galilee, and He talketh with His disciples. Kneel down on the shore of the sea, and call unto Him by his name. When he cometh to thee, and to all who call on Him He cometh, bow thyself at His feet and ask of Him the remission of thy sins." Mr. Konieczny was so incredibly persuasive here that I thought I might start going to church again. But Jochanaan's gentle aspect swiftly vanishes as Salome continues to tell him of her lascivious desires for him. In a rage of towering indignation, Jochanaan hurls his final imprecation at her: "Du bist verflucht!" ("You are accursed!") and here Mr. Konieczny unleashed a final note of staggering power which he then, as the orchestral tidal wave came crashing in, amazingly sustained with a phenomenal crescendo. As he made his exit, I sensed that the audience desperately wanted to burst into applause; of course it didn't happen, but it should have (...)

Vienna State Opera\'s SALOME @ Carnegie
March 03, 2014 | Permalink Vienna State Opera\'s SALOME @ Carnegie
March 03, 2014 | Permalink Vienna State Opera\'s SALOME @ Carnegie
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