, March 2014
BELLINI, V.: Sonnambula (La) (La Fenice, 2012) (NTSC) 713908
BELLINI, V.: Sonnambula (La) (La Fenice, 2012) (Blu-ray, HD) 714004
The present performance…is strong musically and more complete textually than it would have been in days of yore (Callas and Tullio Serafin). The sub‑plot of secunda donna Lisa’s attempt to compromise heroine Amina gets a fuller run for its money with her attempts to return to a relationship with Elvino.
The cast has been carefully assembled. English‑born, Australian‑bred Jessica Pratt vocalises the put‑upon heroine with skill and beauty. Georgian tenor Shalva Mukeria…clearly knows his way well round Elvino’s far from easy notes, and sounds suitably Romantic. Giovanni Battista Parodi—the Freud avant la lettre of this drama—is wholly convincing in voice and action. Gabriele Ferro, an experienced and classy conductor of this repertoire, is on terrific form, as is his orchestra. © 2014 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone