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Ralph V Lucano
American Record Guide, January 2013

The singers are all quite capable, especially the stylish and fluent Olga Peretyatko as Giulia…baritone Paolo Bordogna is a vivid singing actor as Germano. Claudio Scimone is an experienced and vigorous conductor.

…orchestra and chorus know what they’re doing. © 2013 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide online



Roger Pines
Opera News, November 2012

…La Scala di Seta gets a contemporary updating from director Damiano Michieletto and designer Paolo Fantin, who present Dormont’s home within a refreshingly open set…

The set allows Michieletto’s blocking to proceed with admirable fluidity.

The show is stolen handily by Olga Peretyatko’s Giulia. This young Russian leggero soprano is a real star—luscious in voice and figure, persuasive in her bel canto style, equally agile vocally and physically. Her portrayal exudes a natural exuberance and maximum adorability.

The orchestra, under Claudio Scimone, provides the essential verve and virtuosity…Opus Arte’s excellent recorded sound really has the whiff of Pesaro’s theater about it. © 2012 Opera News Read complete review



Adriel
Parterre Box, August 2012

Much of the musical focus is on the Giulia of soprano Olga Peretyatko, a certifiable hottie in her track suit and tennis dresses who actually brings some vocal goods to the package…the ease of delivery, ringing high notes and good diction combine to bring a youthful freshness to the role, particularly in the recitative and aria “Il mio ben sospiro e chiamo” near the end of the work.

Peretyatko shares four scenes with baritone Paolo Bordogna as the servant Germano…Bordogna commands the stage with wonderful comic timing and understated gesture, mining the work’s subtle irony as he contemplates the wonders of love in the aria “Amor dolcemente”

Bass Carlo Lepore is a likably sleazy Dorvil, effortlessly tossing off the aria “Vedro qual sommo incanto,”…

Tenor Jose Manuel Zapata’s sweet tones…proved generally effective in ensembles.

Bordogna and Peretyatko’s contributions alone make this updated and clever staging worth a look. © 2012 Parterre Box Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, August 2012

Though today it is regarded as Rossini’s earliest comic masterpiece, La Scala di Seta (The Silken Ladder) did not enjoy success in his lifetime. In fact the opera was not known outside of Italy—except for its famous overture—until almost a century after his death, its US premiere put off until 1966. Yet this gentle comedy is full of his most attractive melodies, the amusing plot revolving around a couple who secretly married against her guardian’s wishes, and who only get together at nights when he climbs the ‘silken ladder’ to her bedroom. It is a situation thrown into turmoil with the arrival of the suave suitor chosen by her guardian. From there things becoming increasingly confusing until all ends happily for everyone concerned. It takes just six singers who largely share out the music that is on offer, the leading soprano role of Guilia requiring some vocal acrobatics, while her husband, Dorvil, can enjoy lyric passages of considerable beauty in two short arias. The present performance comes from the 2009 Rossini Festival in Pesaro, and is directed by Damiano Michieletto, the plot updated to around the present time. Well thought through, it works perfectly, the ingenious use of a projected plan of the floor of the stage onto the back of the stage, requiring the audience to imagine walls separating the rooms that don’t actually exist. Olga Peretyatko is visually and vocally a charming Guilia, who moves easily through the technical aspects of Rossini’s writing. In the bass buffo role Paolo Bordogna is suitably entertaining, and the chamber orchestra from Trento, with the much experienced Claudio Scimone conducting, does all that is required. The  video team, rather naughtily add to the events on stage by splitting the screen into four for the quartet scenes so that we get close-ups of all four singers, but the both visual and audio quality is excellent. You have the facility of easily read subtitles in three different languages. © 2012 David’s Review Corner






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