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Bill White
Fanfare, July 2013

The cast is very strong…All of these singers, while still young, seem to be more seasoned professionally, not only able to sing well but to take the farce about as far as it can go. The ladies are led by Italian mezzo-soprano Laura Polverelli, in the trousers role of Flaminio…Polverelli…does not disappoint here. Also of particular note are the Giustina of soprano Marina De Liso and the Polidoro of Juan Francisco Gatell. De Liso provides perhaps the most lovely singing of the show…the orchestral support is provided by the excellent Academia Bizantina, under the leadership of baroque specialist Ottavio Dantone.

To sum up, Il Flaminio is a quite charming work reasonably staged, with quite enjoyable and well-crafted Baroque era music by Pergolesi. The opera is presented well here by a team of fine singers and comedic actors. © 2013 Fanfare Read complete review




Lawrence Devoe
Blu-rayDefinition.com, 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






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