11 March 2016
A large audience was attracted to the event. The performance was poor, however. Although the solists were satisfactory, the orchestra and chorus lacked confidence and consistency, which of course influences the entire performance. Weinlich’s “Marcel” was outstanding. His high level of skills will allow for more operas to be staged in the future. Weinlich impressed not only with his strong voice which also enhanced the choral pieces, but also with his excellent portrayal of “Marcel’s” masculine character. He was warmly received by the audience with several bursts into applause.
The Stadttheater continued their performances with dwindling attendance. The performance of Wagner’s [sic] Hugenotten was risk, and it was clearly taken too early. The orchestra and chorus were not ready. Only Weinlich and Rotter lived up to their roles. The others either overestimated the strength in their voices, sang off-tune or were indisposed.