REVIEWS - 2011
Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg, Glyndebourne Festival Opera
Enter the top-hatted Pogner, Alastair Miles, and though he is no black-voiced German bass, he is still magnificent, making one wish, as all great Pogners do, that he didn’t have such long absences from the stage. His scene with his daughter Eva at the start of Act II was as moving as anything in the opera, as it should be.
Michael Tanner, The Spectator
The mastersingers were all strongly cast, pride of place going to Alastair Miles as an immensely sympathetic Pogner, whose warm bass sound and sense of melodic line made his passages of narration as enjoyable as they should be.
Alastair Miles’s Pogner was in every sense the voice of experience.
Alastair Miles (in terrific voice) is dogmatic yet touching as Pogner.
Lucrezia Borgia, English National Opera
Alastair Miles, aside from possessing an extremely powerful bass-baritone, also gave one of the most dramatically captivating performances of the evening in his role as Lucrezia Borgia’s husband, Alfonso d’Este. His dark, expansive and open sound, coupled with perfect diction, soared over ENO’s excellent orchestra with perfect ease, and his tall, imposing figure and confident manner on stage added real dramatic weight to his performance.
The bass Alastair Miles was vocally stentorian and aptly censorious as Lucrezia's husband.
New York Times
Alastair Miles’s bass is dark, and his gestures sturdy.
Alastair Miles sang with notable elegance as the creepy Mr Lucrezia Borgia (aka Duke d’Este).
There are equally strong performances from Alastair Miles as Lucrezia’s appalling husband Alfonso.
As Lucrezia’s repulsive husband, Alastair Miles is an appreciable asset.
Alastair Miles (that rare thing, a lithe bass) had fun with Alfonso.
Alastair Miles gives a sharply etched portrayal as Alfonso, Lucrezia’s husband.
Alastair Miles was darkly expressive and managed a welcome degree of physical characterisation that carried to my balcony seat.
Alastair Miles brought a vivid, wicked persuasive and manipulative delight to his role as he twisted his voice around Rutter’s and this was the high point of the evening for me.
Alastair Miles’s sturdily sung Alfonso...
Alastair Miles is a fine Titian-look-a-like Alfonso d’Este.
Wall Street Journal
The image of the real Alfonso, Alastair Miles spits and thunders with authority.n
Independent on Sunday
Alastair Miles is an imposing Alfonso.
The Opera Critic
Alastair Miles was a mellifluous and sonorous Alfonso d’Este.
Great to see and hear the wonderful bass of Alastair Miles, an ENO favourite, here in the part of Alfonso d’Este, still magnificently resonant of voice and with wonderful stage presence born of huge experience.