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Kirk McElhearn
MusicWeb International, May 2012

The camera work is interesting and varied, switching between a fixed shot showing the entire stage to a number of different angles. I never had any feeling of the artificiality that sometimes comes through in poorly filmed operas. Many of the shots are from a camera exactly in the centre of the hall, facing the stage, showing the orchestra at the bottom, the performers on the stage above them, giving the view one would have sitting in the hall.

Then there is the music. In this performance, the balance between Mark Minkowski’s Musiciens du Louvre and the singers is perfect, and the recording is natural, with excellent sound. All of the soloists are excellent, and the audience doesn’t hesitate to applaud after many of the arias. Anja Harteros is very moving as Alcina, especially in the long aria “Regina, sei tradita”. Vesselina Kasarova is excellent as Ruggiero…While this is essentially a feminine performance, Adam Plachetka gets a wonderful, long aria in the first act, and is greeted with well-deserved applause. One other highlight is the teenaged Alois Mühlbacher in the role of Oberto, who, if his voice doesn’t change too much, has an amazing career ahead of him as a counter-tenor. Some of the audience’s most boisterous applause was for him after “Sin per le vie del sole” in act 3.

…the quality of the filming, the excellent music and sound, and the tasteful design make this a delight to watch. It’s a bit long—at nearly three and a half hours. © 2012 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Ron Salemi
Fanfare, March 2012

HANDEL, G.F.: Alcina (Vienna State Opera, 2010) 101571
HANDEL, G.F.: Alcina (Vienna State Opera, 2010) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) 108028

Marc Minkowski leads a very good performance. He adopts reasonable tempos and provides sensitive support for the singers…The work is mostly complete…Benjamin Bruns (Oronte) and Adam Plachetka (Melisso) are…both…excellent…Kristina Hammarström (Bradamante) has the most pleasing voice. Her singing is in sharp contrast with the Alcina, Anja Harteros, and Morgana, Veronica Cangem…Alois Mühlbacher (Oberto)…gives a surprisingly mature performance…

If you want Alcina…this is your only reasonable choice. © 2012 Fanfare Read complete review on Fanfare

Karl Lozier
Positive Feedback Online, November 2011

Style and instruments seemed to be from a later period and all was very pleasing and enjoyable…a very enjoyable one that can entertain and certainly can be recommended. The audio quality is very good and suits the general atmosphere quite well and makes the whole production easy to recommend. © 2011 Positive Feedback Online Read complete review

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