|Franziska Gottwald · Press|
|Date Of Issue: 16.05.2010
Publisher: theoperacritic.com, Catriona Graham
G.F. Händel: Tamerlano / Irene, Händelfestspiele Göttingen
Sometimes, a performer dominates the stage irrespective of the importance of the character. It has nothing to do with scene-stealing; it just is, and Franziska Gottwald as Irene in the International Händel-Festspiele Göttingen's production of Tamerlano just is.
The lady has style, thanks to Erika Landertinger's costumes, and a wonderfully liquid alto voice which is all her own. From her arrival with her wheelie cabin bag - later revealed to contain her wedding clothes - she draws the eyes and ears, albeit not those of her intended, Tamerlano, as she prowls the stage with feline grace.