THE MOSCOW TIMES Russia Dominates Vishnevskaya Opera Contest


«…Badalyan provided me with the surprise of the season two years ago in a performance at Novaya Opera of the title role in Richard Wagner’s “Lohengrin” that was vocally superior and only a shade less idiomatic than that of a well-known German tenor heard not long before at the celebrated Wagner festival in Bayreuth, Germany.

Tackling other repertoire on Tuesday, Badalyan displayed superb style and technique, as well as power, where necessary, in the most famous of all Russian tenor arias, that of Lensky from the second act of Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin,” and went on to deliver a finely nuanced account of “Pourquoi me reveiller” from Jules Massenet’s “Werther.»

The Moscow Times 15 June 2010 By Raymond Stults

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