A rare opera by Kurt Atterberg at the Staatstheater Braunschweig
Review of Eliah (Mendelssohn Bartholdy) in Schwerin:
"The whole oratorio is concentrated on the biblical prohet Eliah. Frank Blees with his voluminous, versatile voice was the ideal interpreter of this part. To name just a few highlights: the impressive evocation of fire, the virtuosic aria 'Ist nicht des Herrn Wort wie ein Feuer', and the desparately resigning aria 'Es ist genug'." (Dr. Reinhard Diekow, Schweriner Volkszeitung, 29.05.2009)
Review of Bluebeard's Castle / Gianni Schicchi at the Mecklenburgisches Staatstheater Schwerin:
"Both operas were directed by Arturo Gama. In "Bluebeard's Castle" there were moments of great, almost haunting impact. Regarding the role portrayals he completely relied on the distinct stage presence of his two protagonists who created suspense that could not have been stronger. [...] Frank Blees was a Bluebeard with strong charisma vocally as in his acting. The interplay with Judith, sung by Sarah van der Kemp with bright, almost soprano-like mezzo-soprano, has great intensity. Both singers are able to deliver their texts completely understandable. Besides, they once more demonstared their versatility, since both of them also appeared in the following "Gianni Schicchi", this time in cheerful mood."
(Udo-Gustaf Kleff, www.ioco.de, 19.02.2009)