Ruth Strutt with Taryn Fiebig in The Sydney Morning Herald - 4.5 stars

Ruth Strutt and Taryn Fiebig, accompanied by Tahu Matheson, enthralled audience members of the recent Studio Recital concert hosted by Opera Australia. Berg: Romantic to Maverick offered a stunning program of German lied and art song, and received the following glowing review from The Sydney Morning Herald.

"In a thoughtfully constructed program of German Romantic and Expressionist song, soprano Taryn Fiebig, mezzo Ruth Strutt and pianist Tahu Matheson not only provided stylistic and historical context for Opera Australia's current outstanding production of Berg's Wozzeck directed by William Kentridge but also showcased some superb vocal artistry.

Fiebig (who also subbed as cellist for some early Berg pieces) was in toweringly magnificent form with full-coloured tone, expressive intensity and commanding vocal control in music by Mahler, Schoenberg, Schreker, Marx, and Berg.

Co-equal in vocal power, Strutt sang arias by Schreker, Berg and Zemlinsky with rich warmth and emotional focus. It was a glimpse behind the operatic curtain at the more intimate language of lieder and the subtle performance skills that inform it."

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