, January 2013
The cast is refreshingly youthful for this frothy production and this youth element is played up by director Michal Znaniecki. Conductor Ottavio Damone…leads his period players, the Accademia Bizantia with good pacing and sensitivity to the singers…the dramatic action is energetic and propels the humorous proceedings for its three hour running time.
…Tiziano Mancini lets the cameras do the talking and balance close and distance shots perfectly. The telegenic cast gets their due with many good face captures. Colors are gorgeous and details quite good as well.
Baroque opera is all about getting the sonic details right. The reduced orchestral forces help us hear the nice voices in this production.
There is ensemble synergy among the cast that is essential to bringing out the light-hearted nature of this cast. The women…dominate the proceedings and, I am happy to report, they are all vocally gems. While Il Flaminio seems a bit long on running time, the production was so enjoyable that it seemed to be over quite quickly. Punch this ticket for a great musical blast from the past. © 2013 Blu-rayDefinition.com Read complete review