August 15, 2016




Clarity in the Jungle: Liszt – Italie

“ Thomas Wise, Head of Music at Bonn Opera and an excellent pianist, was an ideal musical broker of the composed italian art and travel impressions. Wise understands how to create atmosphere through beautiful sound shadings, how to bring clarity into the jungle of virtuosic complexity, showing the decorative as well as the abysmal.” ‘Les jeux d´eau á la Villa d´Este´ turned into impressionistic sound magic. ‘Il Penseroso,’ the harmonically daring composition based on a sculpture in the Medici chapel became a grumbling funeral march. The great Dante – Fantasy posessed vehemence and melancholy. –The audience was enraptured.

– Ulrich Bumann, General-Anzeiger, Bonn, January 21, 2015

“…Schubert’s last Piano Sonata in B-flat major, a work of endless Melody, with it´s length of almost 50 minutes, brings with it the challenge of holding musical tension over a long timespan. Wise succeeded extraordinarily in this, with great calmness of expression and a reflective, singing character. Feeling for color and nuance (also in the fluctuation of Tempi) are cornerstones of his playing, whether in the intimate inwardness of the first movement, or the almost porcelain-sounding Scherzo. It was a highly concentrated interpretation of mild wistfulness. Many bravi for the pianist in the Bonn opera foyer.”

– Ulrich Bumann, General-Anzeiger, Bonn, February 27, 2013


“Virtuosity from the Farthest Edge” (Headline Lizst evening)

– Bonner Rundschau, November 16, 2011



Schubert ‘Winterreise’: “Wise drew this development in the piano – lyric flow and black shape. That makes Schubert´s ‘Winterreise’ so terrible and so moving, the light-dark changings, the cold from without, that seeps within. He was perfect on this evening. The ‘Lindenbaum’ – introduction to the folksong is not often heard on this level; beautiful, but as in all things Bidermeier full of hidden dark foreboding.”

– H.D.Terschüren, Bonner Rundschau, February 13, 2013


(Hindemith: “Das Marien-Leben””  “…The sensitive interpreters of this eminently complex cycle were  the lyric soprano Asta Zubaite accompanied by Thomas Wise at the piano. Their richly nuanced reading may be regarded as exemplary, nearly congenially corresponding to the  inherently deep symbiosis of text and music (otherwise only found in Schumanns Heine-settings or Strauss/Hofmannsthal).

-F. Herzog, General-Anzeiger Bonn, December 2012


“Thomas Wise was the ideal partner, who, with the most beautiful nuances of tone, created an independent part on the piano equivalent to symphonic worlds.” (Mahler Liederabend with baritone Aris Argiris)

 General-Anzeiger Bonn, December 20, 2011



Thais: “…the Beethoven Orchester Bonn as well as the Chorus of the Bonn Opera (Chorusmaster: Volkmar Olbrich) under the musical direction of Thomas Wise hold the tension in throughout the whole work in a remarkable way… a seamless performance which brought the audience to their feet.”

– Dr. Bernd und Cecilie Kregel, Weltexpress, July 2, 2014


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Die Zauberflöte: “The very Overture is all joyful expectation; Thomas Wise is not only quickly underway with the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn, but pointedly, with verve and dancing elegance.”

– General-Anzeiger, Bonn, December, 2008


Hansel & Gretel: “…an opera for small and big people alike, as the musical potency is brilliantly weighed out through Thomas Wise at the helm of the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn. Humperdinck´s forest-wandering Wagner-veneration is not the only winner…singer-friendly breathing in the orchestra pit.”

– General-Anzeiger, Bonn, November 2007