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Robert Cummings
Classical Net, October 2012

This Cavalleria Rusticana is nearly as good a production. It…offers a fairly traditional treatment in its costuming and sets…orchestral details emerge vividly and with plenty of power, and the singers’ voices come through clearly and with a fairly natural sound. Even the off-stage number at the opening, O Lola ch’ai di latti cammisa, is presented with the proper sonic perspective.

Hungarian mezzo Ildiko Komlosi delivers a passionate and intense portrayal of Santuzza. Her voice has a sweetness to its upper ranges and does not exhibit that thickness of sound that so many mezzos do. Her Voi lo sapete is lovely and delivered with utter commitment. South Korean tenor Sung Kyu Park makes a fine Turridu and Marco di Felice is splendid as Alfio. The other cast members and chorus turn in fine work as well. The orchestra, under Chinese-born conductor Zhang Jiemin, performs admirably. Her tempos are generally judicious and her shaping of the score catches all the drama and beauty of this masterpiece. Camera work and sound reproduction are fine. © 2012 Classical Net Read complete review

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