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Joel Kasow
Fanfare, May 2014

Pascoe’s production is set in period costumes and sets…Renée Fleming… is in good form here…Elizabeth DeShong…is a knockout. She sings the trouser role of Orsini for all she’s worth, and her two solos are highlights of the performance. Vitalij Kowaljow’s Alfonso does not have an easy task with three such performers and the brevity of his role, but he is not outclassed. The large supporting cast is uniformly excellent, while conductor Riccardo Frizza keeps everything moving along… © 2014 Fanfare Read complete review



Ralph V Lucano
American Record Guide, March 2014

Lucrezia Borgia…[is] historically important but seldom performed, so it’s useful to have this video from San Francisco, not just for the library but as something enjoyable in its own right. © 2014 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Philip Campbell
Bay Area Reporter, December 2013

…the DVD (seen from the best possible position in the house due to video director Frank Zamacona’s expert handling) shows just how well-staged and wonderfully well-sung the elegant production actually was.

This is one time when it might actually be better to catch the recording in the comfort of your own home, and the sound and picture quality are both superb. © 2013 Bay Area Reporter Read complete review




Lewis Whittington
ConcertoNet.com, November 2013

Fabiano continues to score as one of the most distinctive and gifted tenors in The United States…a match for Fleming, both with fluid passaggio technique, very much at play in this opera. Fleming brings so much to Donizetti bel canto…Director John Pascoe italicizes the improbable melodrama.

Elizabeth DeShong is de facto contra-tenor as Gennaro’s soldier friend, Maffio…DeShong and Fabiano have potent vocal chemistry. Countering the bel canto is the leaded bass-baritone Vitalij Kowaljow in a villainous turn as Lucrezia’s husband Alfonso…Tenor Daniel Montenegro is equally compelling as Rustighello, Alfonso’s scheming aide.

John Pasco’s stage direction smartly italicizes the melodrama. Pascoe’s production designs keep giving especially on hi-definition DVD. Smart, unfussy camera work keeps a steady distance from the singers in order to give them and the audience breathing room. © 2013 ConcertoNet.com Read complete review






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