Notes & Reviews:
Frieder Bernius, a notorious treasure hunter, once again rescued a true gem from oblivion: Die Geisterinsel, by the Hofkapellmeister of Württemberg, Johann Rudolph Zumsteeg (1760 - 1802), first performed in Stuttgart in 1798. The opera in three acts, based on Shakespeare's comedy The Tempest, was immensely successful in its day. It shares a close affinity to Mozart's Magic Flute and possesses elements of a great Singspiel: large ensemble numbers, effective arias and choruses rich in contrast.
International Record Review
Zumsteeg does some interesting things with his orchestration...The vocal performances are attractive. Christiane Karg sings Miranda, a Pamina-type soprano, with a sweet, light tone...Some of Zumsteeg's best vocal writing goes to Fernando, sung by Benjamin Hulett, a tenor who would make a perfect Tamino...Zumsteeg's opera may not quite be 'such stuff that dreams are made on', but it passes a pleasant two hours, in an assured, lively performance.
Recording information: Musikhochschule Stuttgart (04/29/2010-04/30/2010).
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Works DetailsZumsteeg, Johann Rudolf : Die Geisterinsel, opera in 3 acts
- Conductor: Frieder Bernius
- Notes: Musikhochschule Stuttgart (04/29/2010-04/30/2010)
- Running Time: 5 min. 57 sec.
- Period Time: Classical
- Form: Opera/Operetta