'The heldentenor, Treleaven, was superb on an exhausting role – he has no rest on the first two acts -; he sang with passion and made us live his character.'
La Opinion de Coruna
John Treleavan, whom I saw for the first time in the role of Siegfried, was the picture of the part: a noble, dignified presence, quite the “leuchtende Bruder.” His well-balanced tenor gains colour from the wonderful German he sings, and becomes ever more beautiful with Treleaven’s ability to dramatize each moment both internally and externally. T is a convincing actor, investing as much emotion in his part as Eveley Herlitzius does in hers.
Der Neue Merker
John Treleaven offers a ripe and commanding Siegmund who must focus his strength, but who is well able to do so. His cry of “Wälse, Wälse” was bravely done, and seemed to liberate his full power. He has pleasantly little steel in the voice, much thoughtfulness, a modern type of voice—plainly superior to his grandfather Wotan.
Frankfurter Rundschau
Act 1, the full 70 minutes, lives on tension. John Treleaven is the ideal singer for the part of Siegmund…. Treleaven enthrals us by the skill with which he moderates the power of the tenor voice with a chamber-like intimacy and clever legati.
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
John Treleaven, still well remembered from his time in Mainz, is a Siegmund with a shading of bel canto in his voice, a singer who needs no trombone blaring in his Wälse and Nothung cries.

Mainzer Allgemeine Zeitung

The role of Siegmund could have been written for John Treleaven. Voice and appearance forge a single entity. With its perfectly rich, radiant and wonderfully sensitive tenor, he interprets the part with rare passion. The 'Wälserufe' and 'Winterstürme' sent thrills of pleasure through me.
Der Neue Merker

John Treleavan's light, flexible, well focused tenor shows its strength especially on the high notes.

Coburger Tageblatt
We have already spoken in this column of JT, the Siegmund in this production. We can simply add that in the second act this English heldentenor surpasses himself.

Fränkischer Tag



From the very outset John Treleaven demonstrated what is meant by an in-depth experiencing of a role in general and of Wagner's ‚Fusion of the Arts' in particular. From his agitated entrance into Hunding's hut right up to his death throes in Wotan's arms this very welcome successor to the rare voice type op the heldentenor, feverishly expressed the musical ecstasies of Siegmund.
Der Neue Merker

The Wälsungen pair stress the bright and youthful colours and excel in their passionate delivery.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
John Treleaven capitalised on the fact that he has not only a powerful tenor but can also master the fine and soft tones. Nevertheless, his Siegmund could draw on ample dynamic reserves and he had some wonderful crescendi.
Badische Neueste Nachrichten

At Sieglinde‘s side was John Treleaven as Siegmund with a metallic timbre, very clear enunciation, heroically radiant in the heights and baritone-like in the depths.

Rhein Main Presse
Lyric colour and vocal elegance characterised John Treleaven‘s Siegmund.
Badische Neueste Nachrichten
Wolfgang Wagner in the audience at the Staatstheater? Who has aroused his interest this year? John Treleaven‘s Siegmund certainly measures up to the international competition.


John Treleaven is an impressive Siegmund.

Nice Matin



The interplay between Helene Bernady and John Treleaven‘s powerfully expressive lyric tenor made the love scene into one of the musical highlights of the evening.
Orpheus Oper International Opernspiegel

(The unhelpful production) did not prevent bubbling young talent from filling the void with vivid characters. And this really was where the gold of the evening was found: a cast of grandiose voices. You could look a long time before you‘d find such a balanced team to sing Walküre............ John Treleaven as a rock solid and radiant Siegmund makes us eager to hear his Siegfried.

Neues Deutschland
(Helene Bernadys) and John Treleaven made the great love scenes one of the musical climaxes of the evening. Frankenpost- 5.11.98 The soloists really brought the characters to life. Outstanding here was John Treleaven as Siegmund.

Leipziger Volkszeitung