Adrian Dwyer’s “heroic” return to Opera Holland Park

4 August 2011

Adrian Dwyer’s role debut as Hagenbach in Catalani’s rarely performed La Wally (conducted by Peter Robinson and directed by Martin Lloyd-Evans) has been stunning the critics, and marks a successful return to the company where he last sang as Don Ottavio Don Giovanni.

“Adrian Dwyer tackled the stratospheric tenor role – a veritable Matterhorn in itself – with heroic stamina” The Times (R. Morrison)

“As her love-object, Hagenbach is more complex – taking the idea of hurting those we love the most to extremes. Adrian Dwyer conveyed conflicted cruelty with considerable panache, and his lyrical tenor made its mark in the role’s high tessitura.” Classical Source (P. Reed)

“Adrian Dwyer convinces as the feckless Hagenbach” The Telegraph (R. Christiansen)

“Adrian Dwyer is a redoubtable Hagenbach” The Stage (G. Hall)

“There’s great support too from Adrian as the swaggering huntsman tenor” (W. Thompson)

“I thought Adrian Dwyer might be too light of voice for this role… however, he gave a decent account… rising to the ardour of the final scene well, his tenor ringing through the mountains” (M. Pullinger)

“Tenor Adrian Dwyer is pleasant as the caddish Hagenbach” (S. Thomas)

“There’s fine support from tenor Adrian Dwyer (Hagenbach)” Metro (W. Thompson)

“Adrian Dwyer’s Hagenbach commanded all the arrogant swagger the character demands” MusicOMH

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