Daily Express, 07. Juli 2010
..the real star of this opera is Richard Strauss's music, conducted with great passion by Hartmut Haenchen. With long and powerful orchestral passages without any singing, and passages of singing with minimal accompaniment, Strauss has a wonderful way of creating a counterpoint between the emotions of the characters and the emotion of the music.
This is what real opera ought to be about, and when the intensity on stage is as great as in this blood-swilling production, it is a marvelous experience.
William Hartston