Gramophone Magazine
October 2019
Blu-ray of the Month

Asmik Grigorian (Salome), John Daszak (Herod), Anna Maria Chiuri (Herodias), Gábor Bretz (Jokanaan), Julian Prégardien (Narraboth)

Wiener Philharmoniker, Franz Welser-Möst

Richard Strauss’s opera at the Salzburg Festival, staged by Romeo Castellucci at the Felsenreitschule, was nothing short of a sensation! Debuting in the title role, Asmik Grigorian propelled herself to international stardom with her mesmerizing singing and acting abilities. The exceptional soprano recently won the International Opera Award as best singer. To witness Maestro Franz Welser-Möst performing together with the Wiener Philharmoniker and an outstanding cast ‘makes you think you are hearing the piece in its most perfect incarnation yet’ (Financial Times). ‘Asmik Grigorian sweeps all in her wake in the title role of Strauss’s opera. […] Here is a Salome to end all Salomes. […] In total, it is stunning…’ (Financal Times)

"It’s definitely worth seeing...partly for Franz Welser-Möst’s conducting with the Vienna Philharmonic, but most of all for Asmik Grigorian’s performance in the title role. She’s a totally compelling, totally credible Salome, utterly secure vocally and fabulously contained; her performance is a real star-is-born moment." - The Guardian, 15th August 2019.

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