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Göran Forsling
MusicWeb International, August 2012

…I actually like this exoticism. The production is lively, recitatives quick and close to speech.

The action fizzes along and the singing and acting silences any opposition concerning silly plot. Joyce DiDonato, here fairly early in her now illustrious career…is the Rosina of one’s dreams. She is absolutely irresistible! The DVD is worth its price for her contribution alone. Then we have that superb singing-actor Carlos Chausson, one of the most eminent buffo singers of his generation, the voice still in fine fettle. Kristinn Sigmundsson is the magnificent Icelandic bass, whose booming La calunnia is exactly the showstopper it should be. Even Berta, a role too often allotted to some over-aged veteran—or maybe under-aged beginner, is here sung and acted in line with her illustrious colleagues. Jeannette Fischer is certainly a name to reckon with.

When we reach the second act our initial confusion is long ago gone with the wind. We savour the singing and acting and the beautiful costumes and the sets and our good Spanish wine with the same appetite.

All in all these were two-and-a-half-hours very well spent. Try this set, dear reader, why not with a glass of good Spanish red wine! © 2012 MusicWeb International Read complete review





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