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James H. North
Fanfare, July 2013

Kudos to director Orpha Phelan! The lighting is both beautiful and illuminative of mood.

The best news is that all the principals meet a high standard of both singing and acting—and each looks her or his part…

…there is no weak link, and this well-balanced production makes them all seem just right, vocally as well as dramatically. The orchestra is excellent, producing a potent mix of beauty and anguish. Sound and sight are very well served…I have no hesitation in recommending this as the finest Jenůfa on DVD… © 2013 Fanfare Read complete review



William R. Braun
Opera News, May 2013

In most of the audio recordings made of Jenůfa over the years, not all of the four principal roles are beautifully sung…but in the present video recording, made at Sweden’s Malmö Opera in 2011, all four principals sing admirably. (As a bonus, even elderly Grandmother Buryja, played by Ingrid Tobiasson, sings with fine tone.)

Swedish–American soprano Erika Sunnegårdh…gives a fully rounded portrayal of Jenůfa…Gitta-Maria Sjöberg, as the Kostelnička, is no one-dimensional villainess in voice or demeanor; this is one of the best-sung versions of this character on recordings. The strenuous tenor role of Laca seems hardly strenuous at all for Daniel Frank, a romantic, fine-toned singer.

There is, of course, a production attached to this excellent performance of the music. It is by and large a straightforward one, staged by Irish director Orpha Phelan and naturalistically acted with recognizable human behavior, albeit performed on an Expressionistic set by Leslie Travers. © 2013 Opera News Read complete review






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