Alexander Soddy celebrates enormous success in his first year as Music Director of Theater Mannheim performing a.o. Aida, Hänsel und Gretel, Lohengrin, Fledermaus, Madama Butterfly, Così fan tutte, Parsifal, Il Barbiere di Siviglia. Recently critics brimmed over with enthusiasme his revival of Elektra.
ELEKTRA – Rezensionen
“GMD Alexander Soddy gave a highly respectable Strauss-debut with the magnificently playing NT-Orchester. The canny conductor vehemently extended himself into the unutterable passions of the score, and seem to be constantly charged with electricity, conveying literally 1,000 volts into the meticulously precise playing of the ensemble. The emotions-become-sound were whipped out of the pit with a constant, rousing agitation. Even amidst the expressive orchestral deluge, Soddy always maintained a judicious detachment from the abundant nuance of finely-woven, delicate tones. In coordination with the action on stage, Alexander Soddy maintained the orchestral suspense of this musical psycho-thriller, from the first bar of this incomparable work to the last. Bravo Maestro, please keep it up!” (Online Merker, Gerhard Hoffmann, 13.05.2017)
“To cap it all, the Mannheim National Theatre Orchestra caught fire under the baton of its 34-year-old British music director, Alexander Soddy – tone colours were beautifully and dramatically drawn, and the pacing was measured but intense, right down to the most emphatic and conclusive final hammer-blow of a note I think I’ve heard in the theatre.” (Bachtrack, Matthew Rye, 14.5.2017)