October 6, 2014
Eric has just finished his run as Apollo in Richard Strauss’s Daphne at La Monnaie in Brussels. Guy Joosten’s new production for the house marked the 150th anniversary of Strauss’s birth.
Reviews included this quote from Francis Carlin in the Financial Times:
“Franc Aleu’s clever video work does the final scene proud. And vocal standards are high. Even perched perilously in that tree, Sally Matthews’ radiant Daphne manages to alternate between ethereal warbling and dramatic force. Eric Cutler’s muscular Apollo shows him successfully graduating to Heldentenor status and Peter Lodahl’s Leukippos and Iain Paterson’s Peneios are stylishly sung…
The chorus sings beautifully, while fears that La Monnaie’s orchestra would come unstuck on such a demanding score prove unfounded. Lothar Koenigs’ marvellous conducting keeps the musicians under tight control in an exhilarating, warmly poetic reading.”
“[Eric Cutler was] at ease with sustained high tessitura and cutting an impressive figure as Apollo onstage.”
Classical Voice America
“Eric Cutler offered an impressive, ruggedly heroic vocal portrayal of Apollo, clearly conceived to appeal to this Daphne as a handsome outdoorsy type.”