Los Angeles Times, 01. Dezember 2003
Musically, this "Orfeo" is very well done (...) Much of the succes of the performance was surely due to the conductor, Hartmut Haenchen, who treated the orchestsra like a period-instrument band yet still got a rich sound from it. With pit raised so the players were nearly at stage level, the blend of orchestra and voices, at least from a seat in the orchestra section, was just about ideal. Ideal too was Haenchen's ability to maintain propulsive tempos without any loss of expressivity.

Mark Swed