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Charles H Parsons
American Record Guide, January 2014

Both works were directed by Henning Brockhaus. Prigioniero is set in a cave, Serva in a circus! They work exceedingly well. Both casts wend their way with ease through the virtuoso coloratura. Rovaris and the period instruments are a delight. © 2014 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Mark Mandel
Opera News, April 2013

PERGOLESI, G.B.: Prigioniero superbo (Il) / La Serva Padrona (Fondazione Pergolesi Spontini, 2009, 2011) (NTSC) 101654
PERGOLESI, G.B.: Prigioniero superbo (Il) / La Serva Padrona (Fondazione Pergolesi Spontini, 2009-2011) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) 108068

From the harpsichord, Rovaris leads a vivacious performance of an engaging score. Each singer is at least good, but the three mezzos stand out—for sheer voice, contraltoish Marina Rodríguez-Cusí as the beleaguered princess; for dazzling technique, Marina De Liso as the dastardly king of the Goths; for expressivity, Marina Comparato as the prince lover.

Bass Carlo Lepore sings handsomely…Soprano Alessandra Marianelli, expressing feelings and sexuality through nuanced singing, is visually and vocally captivating. © 2013 Opera News Read complete review

Lawrence Devoe, November 2012

La Serva Padrona is given an effective circus setting with Uberto as the Ring-Master and Serpina his star. A delightful change of pace and visually effective. Details and colors are quite good.

Both of the operas here, particularly Il Prigionier Superbo, have many great musical moments that are well managed by the young cast in this production. Conversely, La Serva Padrona requires that the singers have a good sense of timing since this is the essence of comedy. Happy to report that the situation is very good here as well. With the rarity of baroque opera BDs, this one is as good as any to introduce viewers to this genre. © 2012 Read complete review

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