For some years now John Treleaven has made a name for himself
in Europe as a natural born exponent of Wagner. The newly released
ARTE NOVA CD with excerpts from "Die Walküre", "Siegfried" and "Götterdämmerung"
is a shining example of what is possible to hear on stage. The english
tenor does not disappoint, particularly in the Schmiedelied, beginning
with quiet confidence then rising to the controlled, ringing top notes
that are particularly beautiful on the 'e' and 'a' vowels. Good diction
makes it possible to follow the exact words of the text of "Ein Schwert
verhieß mir der Vater" and the "Winterstürmen" of Siegmund as well
as the lyrical narratives of Siegfried. Karlsruhe, Kiel, Chemnitz,
Graz and Tokyo are next in line for his "Ring" performances up to
2004. And who knows, maybe Bayreuth as well in the meantime, if Wolfgang
Wagner's latest and courageous recasting policy should be accepted.
CD News Opernglas 9/2000
Ready to take on Wagner
He certainly is not lacking in self-confidence, particularly when
he introduced his CD "Wagner's Heroes" during the Festival in Bayreuth.
John Treleaven is on the way up. The Englishman, who triumphed in
Mannheim, Kiel, Chemnitz and Karlsruhe (recently, as Tristan) and
who now has leapt to success in Hamburg, Vienna and Barcelona is a
Heldentenor on a par with many a performer on the green hill of Bayreuth.
At any rate the leader of the Festival, Wolfgang Wagner, has heard
Treleaven several times. Just wait and see! On his CD released by
Arte Nova Treleaven appears as Siegmund and Siegfried in Highlights
from "Walküre", "Siegfried" and "Götterdämmerung". This tenor really
has strength and staying power, clear diction and a pleasant timbre.
Südwest Presse Ulm 16.08.2000
The truly commendable solo-series of Arte Nova which seeks to
capture the vocal potential of the artist who has not yet reached
stardom, unlike other singers boosted by record companies, is resumed
in this extremely worthwhile CD. This time attention is focussed on
John Treleaven from Cornwall who is a hot tip not yet known to all,
in spite of his extensive repertoire comprising nearly all the great
heroic roles and his ever increasing use as a stand-in by the big
opera houses. This CD with excerpts from Wagner's "Ring" hopefully
forecasts and will contribute to a rise from this unjustifiable shadow
existence. It demonstrates the tenor as a secure exponent of this
repertoire both vocally and artistically. The voice is particularly
estimable in its powerful delivery and a mellow core which maintains
its tone throughout the vast range of expression required by the "Schmiedeliedern"
and is effortlessly controlled right up to the deep contemplations
of Siegfried about his father and mother.
Neue Merker Aug/Sept
ventures Wagner That Treleaven can take "Wagner's Heroes" in his stride
is clearly evident from the newly released CD on which Treleaven not
only takes on Siegmund but also Siegfried. Here he proves himself
to be an intelligent artiste - not a "helden bellower", a man who
knows what he is singing about and how he must sing it. Many a tenor
could learn a thing or two from Treleaven's comprehension of the text,
as well as his impressive art of interpreting it.
Hannover Allgemeine Zeitung 23.09.00