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Mark Mandel
Opera News, October 2013

SCARLATTI, G.: Dove e amore e gelosia (National Theatre Prague, 2011) (NTSC) OA1104D
SCARLATTI, G.: Dove e amore e gelosia (National Theatre Prague, 2011) (Blu-ray, HD) OABD7120D

More captivating than the work, the theater or the period charm are the four attractive, fine-acting young singers—sopranos Lenka Máčiková, a Clarice with an edge to her voice and temperament to burn, and Katerina Knežiková, a Vespetta whose phrasing is nuanced and deliciously suggestive; tenors Aleš Briscein, an Orazio of aristocratic, sweet tone when the line doesn’t run low, and Jaroslav Brezina, a Patrizio of heartier voice at home in a lower tessitura. © 2013 Opera News Read complete review



Lindsay Kemp
Gramophone, August 2013

SCARLATTI, G.: Dove e amore e gelosia (National Theatre Prague, 2011) (NTSC) OA1104D
SCARLATTI, G.: Dove e amore e gelosia (National Theatre Prague, 2011) (Blu-ray, HD) OABD7120D

The stage business is more wholeheartedly 18th-century…from the handsome costumes and sets…to the bewigged, candlelit period orchestra in the pit and conductor’s rolled-paper baton. The cast’s gestures and moves are of the kind standard in most modern-day buffa productions…but in truth nothing more seems necessary here than to sing and act with skill and wit, which the four Czech singers all manage very well.

The opera itself is an appropriate choice…The libretto by the talented Marco Coltellini is firm and smart, and the music by a composer of over 30 serious and comic operas follows its moods skilfully, with some clever gags along the way…The orchestral playing and conducting are neat and tidy, and there is a 55-minute documentary on the theatre to boot. © 2013 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone





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