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John Tomlinson Stars in “Der Ring Des Nibelungen”

John Tomlinson Stars in “Der Ring Des Nibelungen”

John Tomlinson: Great Scenes & Arias John Tomlinson in Daily Telegraph 26 September 2007 "The Kupfer-Barenboim Ring from Bayreuth from 1991 and ’92 I’m very proud of from an acting and singing point of view." Click for full review John Tomlinson interviewed by Warwick Thompson in Classic FM magazine November 2007 edition: "Wotan is my favourite of all roles... I feel I was made for it. I'm a bass with some high notes, not a bass-baritone, and that's the kind of voice that has the best chance in this role. You need strength in your lower notes... Wotan is a god. His music ranges from colossal outbursts to intimate pianissimos. The variety of emotion is extraordinary too. You need to be in peak physical condition. It's not a role for wimps!" John Tomlinson in Der Ring des Nibelungen - on CD - conducted by Daniel Barenboim, Bayreuth 1991-1992 John Tomlinson in Der Ring des Nibelungen - on DVD - conducted by Daniel Barenboim, staged by Harry Kupfer, Bayreuth 1991-1992 The Ring Cycle – The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden October 2007 Sir John Tomlinson Guardian “John Tomlinson - in the opinion of many the greatest Wotan of the last 20 years” “John Tomlinson remains a formidable Wotan. You sense the rapacity and the potential for brutality that lurk behind the barely civilised veneer.” Tim Ashley Guardian Wednesday October 3, 2007 Thursday October 4, 2007 Click for full review Times “For a start … John Tomlinson … is magnificent. “Tomlinson is such a mesmerising figure, and he makes Wotan so intriguingly complex” “Even his age works to his advantage. Here is a Wotan exhausted by the mission to build Valhalla, desperate to realise his vision, yet conscious that his powers are waning by the minute.” Richard Morrison The Times Wednesday October 3, 2007 Click for full review Financial Times “It helped that the Royal Opera had a reserve Wotan polishing his spear in the wings. John Tomlinson, who was to have sung the second of the three cycles, is scheduled for the lot and, at 61, still has everything a potent Wotan needs save some top notes. His portrayal of the chief god as the ageing head of a well-to-do Victorian household living beyond his means - shades of Wagner himself - promises to be a vivid presence throughout.” Richard Fairman Financial Times Thursday October 4, 2007 Click for full review Independent “… in John Tomlinson's elemental Wotan, we sense the restless man within the god. Tomlinson owns this stage.” Edward Seckerson Independent Thursday October 4, 2007 Click for full review Evening Standard “Who can complain at having John Tomlinson, with 20 years of experience, once more taking up Wotan's spear. Always best to have your heroes sung by heroes.” Fiona Maddocks Evening Standard Wednesday October 3, 2007 Click for full review