So war es mein Kuss,
der welthellsichtig dich machte?
Mein volles Liebesumfangen
lässt dich dann Gottheit erlangen.
Die Welt erlöse, ist dies dein Amt;
schuf dich zum Gott die Stunde,
für sie lass mich
ewig dann verdammt,
nie heile mir die Wunde!
Richard Wagner, Parsifal
Violeta Urmana as Isolde in Naples
February Violeta Urmana will again be giving one of her classic roles of the Wagner fach, one that has brought her great acclaim worldwide. At the prestigious
Teatro di San Carlo in Naples under the baton of respected conductor Zubin Mehta she will portray Isolde, following on from her Amneris in Verdi's Aida at the Met, in a back-to-back run of roles by her two favourite composers.
"The gamut of dramatic, manic ferocity, tender lyricism and charisma offered by this singer represents the pinnacle of vocal skill. Her darkly shaded voice bends into a warm tone with intelligent and emotionally informed phrasing – here is an Isolde of singular world class," wrote the Südkurier newspaper about Urmana's interpretation at the KKL in Lucerne, while after her Isolde at the Teatro Real in Madrid in January 2014 ABC praised her " polished vocal sound, her plucky approach and the passion of her reading".
After guesting at the Teatro di San Carlo in a European concert given by the Berlin Philharmonic in 2009, Violeta Urmana now returns to the venerable opera house in Naples in one of her outstanding roles.
Performances: February 22/25/28 & March 3, 2015