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Charles H. Parsons
American Record Guide, September 2014

ROSSINI, G.: Adelaide di Borgogna (Rossini Opera Festival Pesaro, 2011) (NTSC) 101646
ROSSINI, G.: Adelaide di Borgogna (Rossini Opera Festival Pesaro, 2011) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) 108060

Designer Pier Alli fields a video extravaganza.

Barcellona is a superstar Rossini mezzo. Her voice is huge, warm, authoritative…she exceeds musical demands and audience expectations. © 2014 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Bill White
Fanfare, July 2013

…this new production gives us a chance to see and hear rising young coloratura soprano star Jessica Pratt in the title role. Pratt has all the goods, a lovely, agile soprano voice, a good high range which she is not reluctant to use, and an ability to comfortably perform the fioratura expected of a Rossinian soprano. Pratt is definitely a talent to keep your eye on. This production is also a star vehicle for talented mezzo Daniela Barcellona in the trousers role of Ottone…Barcellona…provides a rich mezzo mid-range…The two men, tenor Bogdan Mihai as the son, Adelberto, and bass-baritone Nicola Ulivieri as the father both bring fine voices to bear and are more than adequate in their roles…Conductor Dmitri Jurowski and the Bologna orchestra make as much of the lively Rossini score as possible, and sensitively support the singers. Sound is first-rate in both stereo and multichannel formats and the Blu-ray picture is predictably very sharp.

…this 2011 Pesaro production is…a pretty good representation of the opera…bel canto fans should be grateful to Pesaro and the dedicated Rossini Fest staff that we now have this rarity in stunning Blu-ray format at all. Recommended. © 2013 Fanfare Read complete review

Lawrence Devoe, March 2013

This production, directed by the veteran Pier’Alli, benefits from the expressive musical leadership of the youthful conductor Dmitri Jurowski who obviously did his homework on this score. The principals are quite strong with a spectacular turn by soprano Pratt who delivers her killer bel canto role with aplomb. Mezzo Barcellona…also delivers a great sing.

Director Pier’Alli is known for his innovative treatment of the stage and his concepts here prove to be no exception. The video work by Tiziano Mancini’s crew is simply top-notch. Great coverage of the stage with appropriately placed close-ups…make this a rewarding watch.

Opera lovers owe a debt of gratitude to the Rossini Festival for helping to support the staging of Adelaide di Borgogna…with the help of this production we get to see an undeservedly neglected masterpiece. The cause of this opera is aided by a superb cast headed by Jessica Pratt…This undertaking would not have succeeded without the combined Bolognese forces, and the musical and artistic direction of Maestro Jurowski and Sr. Pier’Alli. There are so many things that are right about this production that compel the attention of the viewers: video and audio recording, stage direction, and, most importantly, performance values. Coming to this opera for the first time, I was literally overwhelmed by the treasures of vocal and orchestral writing. Given the high production values, this is an easy one to recommend. © 2013 Read complete review

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