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Barnaby Rayfield
Fanfare, July 2014

Ana Durlovski is generally excellent as Amina. The star of a show is…Enzo Capuano’s insistent lecher, Rodolfo; beautifully and confidently sung, he is a fine actor…Catriona Smith, too, makes much of the usually dreary role of Lisa…Other roles are well handled and the chorus tries its best to carry off the staging’s conceit. Ferro…has a…superior orchestra to work with and he seems to have a good rapport with his leads.

Picture quality is…fine and the editing is good… © 2014 Fanfare Read complete review




George Hall
BBC Music Magazine, May 2014

BELLINI, V.: Sonnambula (La) (Staatsoper Stuttgart, 2013) (NTSC) 2059338
BELLINI, V.: Sonnambula (La) (Staatsoper Stuttgart, 2013) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) 2059334

Bellini’s opera semiseria is sometimes written off as simple-minded, its tale of a village girl who sleepwalks into a compromising situation and is then rejected by her betrothed and the other villagers considered naive and eve silly. But when taken seriously, as it is in this 2013 Stuttgart production, it reveals depths that are at least partially deliberately hidden. © 2014 BBC Music Magazine




Mike Ashman
Gramophone, May 2014

BELLINI, V.: Sonnambula (La) (Staatsoper Stuttgart, 2013) (NTSC) 2059338
BELLINI, V.: Sonnambula (La) (Staatsoper Stuttgart, 2013) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) 2059334

Musically we are again in the safe but far from unexciting hands of Gabriele Ferro. Also far from unexciting is the thrilling singing of Macedonian soprano Ana Durlovski...a terrific natural actress in conveying Amina’s emotional plight. She is especially well partnered by Enzo Capuano’s Count and Catriona Smith’s well-contrasted, blowsy Lisa. Luciano Botelho’s Elvino certainly sings well enough but this is just not a production which focuses on his relationship with Amina. You could argue that’s a distortion but the opera’s drama and music can certainly take it. © 2014 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



Robert Cummings
Classical Net, April 2014

This is a fine effort on all counts, from the singing and orchestral playing to the stage direction, sets and costuming.

The star of the opera is Ana Durlovski (Amina)…Her first big number, Come per me serano, is beautifully sung. Her high notes here and throughout are simply astonishing. Amina’s First Act duet (Prendi, l’anel ti dono) with Elvino, brilliantly portrayed by Luciano Botelho, is another great success. Botelho is obviously another talent to watch. Veterans Helene Schneiderman as Teresa and Enzo Capuano as Rodolfo also turn in splendid performances. Catriona Smith as Lisa must also be highly praised: her dramatic skills are especially outstanding in portraying the cynical and opportunistic village innkeeper.

Gabriele Ferro infuses the score with much spirit and color and draws wonderful performances from the chorus and orchestra of the Stuttgart Opera. Lighting, camera work, and picture clarity are outstanding. The sound reproduction is also first rate. In sum, this is a splendid performance of Bellini’s opera and features one, possibly two potential superstars of the operatic stage. © 2014 Classical Net Read complete review






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