The revival of Verdi’s grand opera, Les Vêpres Siciliennes sees the much welcome return of German baritone Michael Volle to the Covent Garden stage.
Highly acclaimed, Michael Volle’s performance in the revival production has stunned audiences and critics alike:
“The scene where he melts on finding his long-lost son, a variant of Verdi’s deeply felt father-daughter relationships, is the emotional highlight.” – Richard Fairman, The Financial Times ****
“With the help of Michael Volle’s agonisingly intense antagonist, Guy de Montfort, Herheim — or here the revival director, Daniel Dooner — is also very good at drawing maximum resonance from the pivotal relationship between Montfort and his long-lost son.” – Neil Fisher, The Times ****
“Volle’s incarnation of the emotionally-tormented dictator is a tour de force.” – Michael Church, The Independent ****
“But it was Michael Volle as Guy de Montfort, the plot’s troubled patriarch, whose performance stood out. Amid the production’s business and stream of operatic artifice, Volle’s rich, flexible baritone and captivating dramatic presence made for a remarkably sympathetic, remarkably human antihero.” – Flora Willson, The Guardian ****
“German baritone Michael Volle magnificent as Montfort.” – Fiona Maddocks, The Observer ****
“Also emerging potently from this visually spectacular mise-en-scène are the Verdian conflicts of love and duty, outstandingly projected in the nuanced lines of Michael Volle’s Montfort.” - Barry Millington, The Evening Standard ****