Christian Thielemann Enjoyed Enormous Success in Bayreuth
Both audiences and critics are enthusiastic about Christian Thielemann, Artistic Director of the Salzburg Easter Festival, and his conducting at the Bayreuth Festival, where he was at the helm of both Wagner's operas Der fliegende Holländer (The Flying Dutchman) and Tannhäuser.
The Daily Telegraph’s review about the premiere of The Flying Dutchman points out that “the singers, including the fine chorus, were superbly supported by Christian Thielemann. ... As one of today’s greatest Wagner interpreters, he gave the music huge excitement, starting with the overture, which brought out and contrasted the elemental power of wind and sea with the plaintive call of the woodwind.”
Bloomberg writes that Thielemann “drew a wonderful performance from the orchestra - brisk and light, yet missing nothing in depth and variety.”
The English version of the Deutsche Welle website (Germany’s international public broadcaster) describes his interpretation as follows: “Conductor Christian Thielemann lets the orchestra tell the story to an extent. He varies the tempo, exposes hidden layers in the music and gives in to some spontaneous impulses.”