Das Rheingold Hong Kong As Freia, the object of the giants' disgusting desire, soprano Anna Samuil's effervescent singing leaves no doubt of why she is such an irresistible prize for Fasolt and Fafner.
The golden apples that preserve the gods' youth seem to glisten in Samuil’s singing, but the terror that emanates from her pleas to be rescued from the giants' unmistakable designs is bracing.
Unlike many Freias, Samuil scales the upper reaches of her music without shrillness. Her singing of »Schwester! Brüder! Rettet!« pierces the musical tapestry of the performance like a dagger.
Offering tones of meteoric allure, Samuil's Freia is a woman any self-respecting brothers would move heaven and earth to save from the clutches of libidinous oafs.