Brünnhilde in GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG Excerpts

Vienna Philharmonic

“Melton, who was outstanding singing Brünnhilde alongside Eric Owen’s Wotan with the New York Philharmonic in January, was superb again. She sang with a ringing, vibrant tone, and a way of phrasing that was natural and ideal. Her characterization was full of human, rather than grandiose, dignity.”
-George Grella, New York Classical Review

“And so it went with the rest of the weekend’s Wagner: compelling excerpts from “Götterdämmerung” on Saturday, with the soprano Heidi Melton giving full, rich voice to Brünnhilde’s Immolation Scene.”
-James Oestreich, The New York Times

“Brünnhilde’s Immolation Scene [was] a welcome vehicle for the bright, generous soprano Heidi Melton.”
-Martin Bernheimer, Financial Times

"Gergiev’s excitable leadership edged the apocalyptic coda to the Immolation Scene toward brashness, but earlier, in the “Ruhe, ruhe” section, the orchestral sound had receded to a rapt hush. Heidi Melton, the scene’s soloist, was at her best there, her voice emerging solid and true. Through most of the scene, and of her range, Melton produced a warm mezzo-like column of sound."
-Fred Cohn, Opera News