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Opera News, August 2002

Catherine Naglestad's Alcina is a complex figure - regal, headstrong and even somewhat sympathetic. The bright, impressive upper range of her voice, topped by an effortless high D, serves her well in the cadenzas. She consistently improves in the course of the performance, in the end comparing quite favorably with the better-known stars on other cD recordings of the opera...The rest of the cast, especially Claudia Mahnke, is good."

Simon Heighes
International Record Review, July 2002

"Overall, I enjoyed the show very much. The camerawork is unobtrusive and the sound, too, is remarkably consistent considering the amount of movement onstage...The musical rewards are many, and I for one enjoyed a new take on an old story."

Olin Chism
The Dallas Morning News, June 2002

"As a musical performance, this recording goes rather well. The singers are mostly comfortable with Handel's florid vocal writing and conductor Alan Hacker, or at least as briskly as the form will allow without distorting it...Those who are fond of the kind of director-driven opera fashionable across the Atlantic these days will find plenty to titillate them here."

Michael Richter
Opera Japonika, June 2002

"This disc will inspire controversy. It is at once faithful and violative; beautiful and disgusting; literal and perverse... To begin with the unalloyed pleasure, the conducting of Alan Hacker and the playing of the Staatsorchester are exemplary... Technically, the disc is outstanding with brilliant video even where the lighting is low. Crystalline sound permits the text to be understood with the aid of the singers' excellent enunciation."

Turok’s Choice, April 2002

"The singing is first-rate, as is conductor Alan Hacker's pacing. The photography sticks to the single set (a brilliant solution to the 'magic' factors, containing a framed 'mirror' in the rear of the stage, in which characters can appear as images, conduct 'offstage' business, or simply walk through into the direct action), but does so very effectively. Enthusiastically recommended."

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