Robert J Farr
, February 2013
Pier Francesco Maestrini, the director of this production, sets things in period with the help of costumes and minimal sets by Carlo Salvi. He achieves a most atmospheric and realistic setting by the use of imaginative and active video projections by Alfredo Troisi. He uses it most imaginatively and in a realistic manner to allow the soloists and chorus to present a very worthy performance.
In the title role Giovanni Battista Parodi is sonorous and generally steady with an imposing physical presence. He is matched by his opponent Ezio, sung with tonal strength and excellent characterisation by the Romanian baritone, Sebastián Catana. As the feisty Odabella, Susanna Branchini is a revelation. She sounds like the genuine article: a dramatic Verdi soprano. Roberto De Biasio…[has] a voice of much promise with a pleasing clear timbre. He often makes an effort at expression as well as singing mezza voce and sotto voce when appropriate.
To the virtues of the staging and singing I must add those of the vibrant and committed acting of the chorus. © 2013 MusicWeb International Read complete review