Watched Lohengrin in HD. Not a single nice and steady voice to be found. Ugly production Lohengrin in Space. Everyone has costumes, but the title character was in street clothes.
Lots of people opening their cloaks; at one point it made me laugh. They also had lots of un-necessary movement. The chorus had dirty faces, but they sang gloriously. Those high tenor voices were beautiful. The bit after “In fermen land“ was fantastic.
If I closed my eyes I liked some of what Tamara Wilson sang, but she didn’t sound virginal. Quite a few wavery phrases. Her top was firmer and the high note in the third Act was nice.
I can’t believe Wilson sings Aida.
Beczala also had wavers in sustained notes, but he sang nicely. “In fernem Land” was given a hushed, rapt start, and continued hushed, gradually building up until he was full-voiced at the word “graal” and built to the climax. I’m glad he’s in better voice than the awful turn at Fedora, but he is not out of the woods yet. Towards the end of the big aria, his voice started to wobble when he put too much pressure on it; I think he’s a moving Grail Knight, but the role is not his yet - he needs more strength for the heroic side of it. And a rest.
The Telramund was weak (voice-wise). Both he and the Köenig Heinrich used side mounths to focus their sound (is that thing now? Scotto used to do that). As Telramund, he was too small voiced for both the high and low pronouncements. The Köenig was good and sonorous for most of the role, but lacked strength in both high and low - I don’t think anyone had a good low register; I suddenly noticed the voice disappear down low. The Herald was not commanding, except in gesture. I didn’t think he had the voice.
Goerke was a good witch physically - she is another wobbler, but she was always effective; she was very visible as a malevolent figure, bathed in red light. She was powerful in most of her scenes.
I think I can say I enjoyed the music despite the singing and the production
Side note: we had “previews:” of up coming productions. Lise Davidsen as the Marschallin, singing part of her monologue, very unsteady in sustained notes. Same with Eric Owens in a new opera Champrion, unsteady in his sustained notes.
There was also a snippet of Falstaff - looked like fun.