Charles T. Downey
The Classical Review
, February 2012
PAISIELLO: Nina (Zurich Opera, 2002) (PAL) 100366
PAISIELLO: Nina (Zurich Opera, 2002) (NTSC) 100367
The title role was created for a soprano, so the top sits a little uncomfortably in Bartoli’s voice. Neither opera seria nor opera buffa, the score has lots of cantabile melancholy arias and not as much of the crazy coloratura more to Bartoli’s liking. Still, she gives a very moving portrayal and sings with lyrical abandon.
Kaufmann shows here why his star rose so quickly at the turn of the century, singing with both bravura strength and finesse, as well as a handsome stage appearance. In the role of the Count, the paternal bass of László Polgár provides a dignified, stentorian presence, while Juliette Galstian is not quite able to handle the highest parts of the role of Susanna.
Character baritone Angelo Veccia has a witty turn as the comic servant Giorgio, both in the funny wheezing aria…and the drunken aria in Act I, reassuring Nina’s father that she will recover. Conductor Ádám Fischer has a sure hand with the band of the Zurich Opera, using some period instruments (such as the on-stage oboe and bagpipe). © 2012 The Classical Review Read complete review