Paul Corfield Godfrey
, October 2013
The producer Ermanno Olmi makes a point of conforming to Verdi’s scenario, sticking pretty closely to the indicated stage directions and conveying plenty of dramatic interplay between the characters. There is nothing here which is present simply to shock, and quite a lot which is gripping.
The singing is also really pretty good. Massimiliano Pisapia stands well in that line. By his side Franco Vassallo as his secretary…similarly pours forth a stream of beautiful tone…
…Chiara Taigi displays a good solid voice, a willingness to sing quietly when Verdi requests it, and a penetrating lower register. She sings all of Verdi’s cadenzas to the notes the composer requires…Anna Maria Chiuri as Ulrica, is a real find, a resonant Verdian mezzo with plenty of top and bottom to her voice. She also shows a readiness to comply with Verdi’s dynamic instructions…
The chorus are excellent, and the orchestra responds well to Riccardo Chailly’s energetic direction. It makes a real difference having a top-flight band in these middle-period Verdi scores. © 2013 MusicWeb International Read complete review