Beethoven’s ‘Leonore’ at the Kulturpalast Dresden
May 6, 2017
Eric Cutler stars as Florestan in Leonore, Beethoven’s original version of Fidelio, in a concert performance at the Kulturpalast in Dresden on June 18. Mr. Cutler’s previous debut in Beethoven’s Fidelio in Stuttgart received immense critical acclaim:
“This particular run marked the role debut of Eric Cutler as Florestan and he is already a most notable interpreter of the role. His opening cry of ‘Gott!’ was absolutely elemental, growing with an enormous crescendo, the voice absolutely rock solid. As the aria developed, the voice continued to soar higher and higher, opening up thrillingly with the registers completely integrated. The voice itself is absolutely massive yet it was always used musically and the ability to fine the tone down to a perfectly supported pianissimo was just as impressive. Cutler was absolutely sensational.” (Operatraveller)
The cast also features Miram Clark in the title role, Christina Gansch as Marzelline, and Michael Kupfer-Radecky as Don Pizarro. Maestro Ivor Bolton leads the Dresdener Festspielorchesters in the performance, which will feature period instruments.