Don Carlo / Wiener Staatsoper

With a truly imposing stage presence, René Pape as Filippo II gave the best performance of the evening. Despite many seasons singing in the huge expanse of the Met, the voice has retained its power and lustre . . . The impassioned sustained top E natural on “amor” in “Ella giammai m’amò” was superb and his phrasing and diction exemplary throughout."

– Jonathan Sutherland, Bachtrack