‘Arabella’ at Wiener Staatsoper
Christopher Maltman sang Mandryka with his customary elegant phrasing, strong upper-range and honeyed mezza-voce. “Ich habe eine Frau gehabt” was especially moving. Maltman also managed the rapid patter of Mandryka’s presto passages with commendably clear diction.
The arguable pearl of the evening among the vocalists was Christopher Maltman (performing Mandryka for the first time in Vienna) in a meticulous interpretation full of nuance and distinct in diction […] His fruity baritone nicely spanned the role’s tricky demands, while serving a portrayal unusually unboorish and appealing – making this debut role an undoubted conquest.
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