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Penguin Guide, January 2009

Recorded at La Scala in 1993, the TDK version of Giordano’s Fedora is valuable for capturing not only the moving characterization of the heroine, Fedora, by Mirella Freni, but also the glorious singing of Plácido Domingo as the hero, Loris. It is he who has the one sure-fire hit item, the brief aria, Amor to vieta, and one longs to have a melody of similar quality in the rest of the piece, with its melodramatic story of Russia in 1881 based on a play by Sardou. The two other principals, Olga and De Siriex, are strongly taken by Adelina Scarabelli and Alessandro Corbelli, if with limited beauty of tone. The production is grandly traditional, with the darkness of the first two Acts giving way to lightness and beauty in the Alpine scene of Act III. Freni gives herself rather than reveal that it is she who has betrayed Loris as a revolutionary to the police. The veteran conductor, Gianandrea Gavazenni, is brilliant at bringing out the colour and drama of the piece.

John Terauds
Toronto Star, November 2006

This 1898 work by Umberto Giordano (1867-1948) doesn't get seen much in North America, but is filled with gorgeous melodies. This dead-straight 1993 La Scala production from Milan is a simple, extra-free, single-DVD package whose main attractions are now-retired soprano Mirella Freni (as Fedora) and tenor Plácido Domingo (as Count Loris Ipanoff).

The acting is stiff, but the singers are good. The television broadcast-quality stereo is fine.

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