Peter Bronder makes "flawless" New York Philharmonic debut

12 June 2017

Tenor Peter Bronder hast just made his debut with the New York Philharmonic to great acclaim, singing the role of Mime in a semi-staged production of Das Rheingold, which was part of Alan Gilbert's Farewell Concerts. Bronder, who has sung Mime Der Ring des Nibelungen at opera houses including Teatro alla Scala and Staatsoper Berlin, was praised for his expressive and credible performance:

"So nothing stands in the way of an extraordinary — indeed, flawless — young Anglo-American cast. … In fact, Wagner’s characters all feel human here. … Even the pathetic dwarf Mime (Peter Bronder) is credible." (Zachary Woolfe, New York Times)

"In his brief apparition as Mime in this Vorspiel to Der Ring des Nibelungen, British tenor Peter Bronder sang with dignity, avoiding the distorted vocal utterances sometimes associated with the character." (Edward Sava-Segal, Bachtrack *****)

"Peter Bronder was an unusually sympathetic Mime, achieving a real pathos in his wincing pleas." (Eric C. Simpson, New York Classical Review)

"Peter Bronder as Mime, Alberich’s subjugated brother, came off as a great character actor who happens to have a blazing tenor voice." (Joshua Rosenblum, ZEAL NYC)

"Meanwhile, Peter Bronder’s Mime was the comic character. The ugliness of the character came as Bronder used his voice never trying to make a beautiful sound but instead using the timbre to create an uncomfortable quality that created a comic element." (Francisco Salazar, OperaWire)

"Finally, the best actor Oscar goes to the Mime of Peter Bronder, a put-upon victim of abuse and derision." (Fred Kirshnit, ConcertoNet)

"As Mime, character tenor Peter Bronder had a sharp presence and surprising power." (Paul J. Pelkonen, Berkshire Fine Arts)

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