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Göran Forsling
MusicWeb International, September 2012

Domingo is truly magnificent here…Michelle Breedt as his muse, the Duchess of Alba, is a marvellous singer, visually appealing and dramatically convincing. As Martin Zapater, Goya’s close friend, Christian Gerhaher sings and acts excellently and Maurizio Muraro as Don Manuel Godoy, Queen Maria Luisa’s lover, is very good too…

…there is enough substance in the score and the libretto to make it worth seeing. With some excellent singing and Domingo in splendid shape rather late in his phenomenal career it can’t fail to move appreciative and sensitive opera lovers. © 2012 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Henry Fogel
Fanfare, March 2012

The work has a number of gorgeous arias and duets, and this performance should win it a new and enthusiastic audience. Kasper Bech Holten’s staging is traditional, straightforward, and moving. Emmanuel Villaume’s conducting has sweep, ardor, and firmness of pulse; the music never sags.

Domingo here is a miracle. It is simply amazing that the then 63-year-old tenor, after more than four decades of singing, could pour out a steady stream of rich, firm tenor sound. The rest of the cast is for the most part up to Domingo’s level…

For anyone who loves the world of traditional, Romantic opera, and doesn’t care if a composer was still writing in that genre in the 1980s, Goya should provide great satisfaction. It is Menotti at his best, and for many of us, that is very good indeed. © 2012 Fanfare Read complete review on Fanfare






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