As Tristan with Frances Ginzer as Isolde - Florentine Opera
Florentine's Gary Bachlund is a genuine heroic tenor, his solidly
constructed instrument dark and baritonal in the lower and middle
ranges, yet steady and firmly ringing at the top. He is a restrained,
dignified knight (slender as no other Tristan of memory), but one
burning with an inner intensity that scorches the beholder's emotions.
Moreover, he is a tireless artist, retaining abundant strength for the
unremitting rigors of a third act (done with only a few standard cuts).
A masterful, profoundly touching interpretation.
Bachlund and Ginzer carried two of the heaviest vocal loads in all of
opera with grace and dignity. Both were far beyond merely getting the
notes out or blowing the back wall out of the hall. They parsed Wagner's
long lines to make their structural and emotional meanings legible.
Their singing drew in the ear and made the music not only powerful, but
Tenor Gary Bachlund was a Tristan of noble bearing--a trim, physically
fit hero. He had the requisite resources, and his slightly dry
tone and unfailing stamina were often reminiscent of Jon Vickers.
Bachlund's engaged, intense acting and impressive, heroic singing
yielded a vibrant and fulfilling realization of the role.
Opera Canada Publications
...an authoritative Tristan.
As Tannhäuser with Susan Owen as Elizabeth - Palm Beach
Gary Bachlund, that rarest of creatures, a true Wagnerian tenor, sang
the title role Friday with vigor and conviction, lyrical smoothness and
an intensity throughout - a heroic feat, considering that he was on the
Kravis Center stage practically all evening. Bachlund could be
brilliantly reckless, as in the erotic song that scandalizes the Act II
troubadours' competition, Dir, Göttin der Liebe.
Palm Beach Post
The Tannhäuser of Gary Bachlund, of
course, was very present visually, but also triumphant vocally with a
brilliant sound in this dangerous role which balanced between the bel
canto and the Wagnerian heldentenor.
La Libre Belgique
...one had the greatest hope to have
found a Wagner tenor for the future. After his debut as Tannhäuser, one
must admit perhaps so. Bachlund showed more than ample voice. The first
act Preis-lied strophes were superior, well as his third act Rome
For Tannhäuser the young American,
Gary Bachlund, was brought in. As for the great Rome Narrative in the
third act, he had more than enough heroic reserve.
- Florentine Opera
Today's finest Siegmund is tenor Placido Domingo, but Mr. Bachlund's
full, baritone-tinted voice and his easy, energetic singing can easily
stand comparison with his more famous colleague.
Dallas Morning News
The singer who made the biggest impact
on me was Gary Bachlund, as Siegmund. He has a dramatic talent and voice
of a young Jon Vickers. He also possesses athleticism and good looks,
and created a sensation when he made love to an equally attractive
Sieglinde on Hunding's table during the closing bars of Act One....
....here could be the answer to all our heldentenor prayers.
Wagner News (London)
...a strongly baritonal Siegmund....
Neue Zürcher Zeitung
The vocal "find" of this year's
"Ring" is American tenor Gary Bachlund as Siegmund, the forest outlaw
who is the central figure in the first act. Bachlund is a lyric
heldentenor of the first rank, displaying a voice that is strong in the
upper and middle registers and amazing in its baritonal lower register.
He was vocally and physically perfect in his role.
Notice should be made of the striking
baritonal Siegmund of Gary Bachlund, who resembles Thomas Gottschalk and
sounds like Jon Vickers.
...the timbre of a Wagner tenor of a dream.
La Libre Belgique
...the fascinating Gary Bachlund, a
sensitive actor, handsome and delicate, a vibrant and passionate tenor
who...is the most believable of Siegmunds.
La Libre Belgique
...an excellent Die Walküre. Gary
Bachlund offered a resonant, powerful Siegmund, with the acting skills
and trim physique to make his heroic figure believable.
He colors instinctively what he sings; the
baritonal impact allows the voice both lyricism and effortless power,
and impressed as always well-placed and round.
As Parsifal with Harald Stamm as Gurnemanz - Royal Opera de la Monniae
...a Parsifal more than honest: a reality.
He has a sonorous, well produced, lightly
baritonal tenor with radiant highs and a faultless, accent-free
pronunciation. Moreover, he looks good, acts well, and his versatility
borders on being acrobatic. A new star in the heaven of Wagner tenors.
...a voice that throughout answers precisely
with color and carrying power that for which Wagner asks.
...a voice like Irish coffee; subtly
intoxicating, baritone dark at the bottom with a splash of tenor cream
at the top.
A true Wagnerian tenor in the person of Gary
La Libre Belgique
...a wonderful Parsifal.
...a new Wagner tenor of real quality, the
tone firm and even from bottom to top.
To create Parsifal, one called on the young American
tenor, Gary Bachlund. ...one must acknowledge that his interpretation is
amongst the best. His acting is superb and his voice clear, strong and
shining and lightly baritonal, mastery with rare flexibility throughout
the demands of this important role.
Le Semaine d'Anvers
...a handsome presence and a real
New York Times
As Bacchus - Festival de Radio France et de Montpellier
Gary Bachlund is a quite remarkable Bacchus, projecting strong, muscled
phrases in a burnished tone without any sense of strain.
...a radiant Bacchus... a solid tenor with ringing highs.
...a personable young man, every inch a hero, and blest with a ringing
and mellifluous heroic tenor. ...one of the few Bacchuses I shall
...godlike good looks and a strong, darkly baritonal
tenor. ...to the small number of the world's acceptable Bacchuses he
makes a worthy addition.
Tenor Gary Bachlund, a handsome Bacchus,
sang with heavily colored timbre and surging power.
Gary Bachlund made a good job of the taxing role of Bacchus.
The Musical Times
DER KÖNIG KANDAULES
As Kandaules - Opera Royal de Wallonie
...interpreted by the solid heroic tenor of Gary Bachlund, capable of
doing justice to the complex motivations of his character.
Tenor Gary Bachlund is exactly the
personage of the aging esthete who defiles beauty by cutting it apart.
Wagnerian tenor Gary Bachlund creates a superb,
fine figure of Kandaules, seductive yet disquieted, vocally very much in
Bachlund did well and earned merit in the overwhelming title role of
Kandaules, with a class and composure which put forth the person of this
king, and also a seductive vocal suavity. Consistent and well projected
from one extreme to the other, his voice is typical of the Strauss tenor
with a beautiful range, the top always well controlled but with
The cast is superlative, with the fine heldentenor of Gary Bachlund as
an elegant yet pathetic Kandaules....
Kandaules was the American tenor Gary Bachlund. He used his sparkling
strong tenor in perfect highs and played the role with great naturalism.
Der Neue Merker
...a Kandaules most
profound in his superficiality....
As Florestan - Los Angeles Opera
...a lyric, yet powerful voice, in fascinating collaboration with the
As Florestan, Gary Bachlund showed fire
reminiscent of Jon Vickers. His inspirational aria "Gott, welch' dunkel
hier" rose from the depth of despair to end in a series of final cries.
Tenor Gary Bachlund, a handsome Bacchus, sang well
as Florestan. Bachlund possesses commanding vocal power and strength.
Monterey County Herald
Heroic tenor Gary Bachlund as
Florestan... gave a superb performance that again gave me goose bumps.
As Jimmy with Anna Steiger as Jenny, Jonathan Mack, Louis Lebherz, and
John Atkins- Los Angeles Opera
...carries the evening because of his aloof, low-key approach and
command of the vocal line.
San Diego Tribune
...vocal fire reminiscent of Jon
...kudos especially to the Jimmy McIntyre of Gary
Gary Bachlund brings an appropriate touch
of Nelson Eddy to the role of the doomed hero.
High marks went to the Jimmy of Gary Bachlund (whose operatic specialty
is Parsifal). He dominated the stage with vocal and dramatic
...tenor Gary Bachlund sounded fresh and heroic
- his Siegmund must be something to hear....
Of the singers, the best was Gary Bachlund as Jimmy - a handsome
presence and a real heroic tenor.
New York Times
As Erik with Julie Dalton as Senta - Opera New Zealand
Gary Bachlund (Erik) gave a passionate portrayal.
New Zealand Herald
Top class. Onstage as Erik was Gary Bachlund, a true heldentenor with
the dark-colored timbre which so easily calls to mind a thoughts of a
Der Neue Merker
...heroically radiant tenor.
With a flexible tenor, Gary Bachlund succeeded in creating with sense
and understanding the conflicted Erik.
Gary Bachlund as Erik took the stage as a real heldentenor, one with a
darkly colored timbre which easily makes associations with Tristan.
Der Opern Freund
Gary Bachlund succeeds as Erik with a flexible tenor throughout in
feeling as well as diction.
Opernnetz - Zeitschrift fuer Musiktheater und Oper
DMITIRIJ (Boris Godunov - Original
As Dmitrij, Gary Bachlund delivered a clean part, throughout adaptable
to the dark sides of this dark character.
The cloistered monk Grigorij (Gary Bachlund)
shines and creates a living Dmitrij, to conquer the Kremlim.
...a heroic tenor, more vibrant than one expected. [ Verdi's
Frankfurter Neue Presse
...heroic and Wagnerian as one wished for. [ in concert ]
La Libre Belgique
...with Grace Bumbry, Shirley Verret and Gary Bachlund, one had engaged
also the most interesting artists. [ Berlioz' Les Troyens ]
Online Musik Magazin
...a big, rich, noble voice which was used with great musicianship and
expressive force throughout the evening. [ Marvin David Levy's Masada
Tenor Gary Bachlund sang strongly and looked agonized in the victim-bent
title part. [ Dominick Argento's A Dream of Valentino]