"The relentlessly modern, yet sweet and sensual reading of Michael Balke has downright drug character. This is like ecstasy!"
- MDR Figaro
Michael was nominated for this year's OPUS KLASSIK AWARD in several categories - among others:
CONDUCTOR OF THE YEAR and
YOUNG ARTIST OF THE YEAR
NEW CD - released in November :
VERDI: LA TRAVIATA
"Michael Balke signs a Traviata that does not have a single flaw, with an extraordinary fidelity to text and music ... His exquisite care in agogics and in the flow of dialogue, caressing pauses and variety in dynamic gradations, leaves Traviata signed by the German maestro to be enjoyed without reservation."