Ricarda Merbeth, Philippe Jordan, Katarina Dalayman and Thomas Johannes Mayer
I saw the premiere and I managed to score a ticket to see the last show too. Like at the premiere, I was very impressed by the singers/actors: scenically they all seemed to be even more at ease than on the premiere, while vocally they unleashed their pipes free for the last show. It was a real treat!
I thought Falk Struckmann would be our Wotan for the last show, but no -- it was again Thomas Johannes Mayer who remains my biggest surprise of this Walküre. He can sustain the same level of singing throughout the whole performance. It's towards the end where he delivers his best, with the voice that remains fresh. His volume is maybe not matching his female costars, but a Wotan with this level of stamina and courage to attack every note at any moment of the show is a rare gem. Katarina Dalayman is definitely a smashing Brunnhilde: her voice is fresh, beautiful and powerful and no vibrato. Add to that her unmatchable breathing technique and you can only say: Katarina rocks! Yesterday, Ricarda Merbeth sang the entire role with such a stunning power and conviction that it will take long time for me to see anyone beat this Sieglinde. I beat in a few years from now she'll be excellent Brunnhilde too.