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Bill White
Fanfare, March 2013

ROSSINI, G.: Sigismondo (Rossini Opera Festival Pesaro, 2010) (NTSC) 101648
ROSSINI, G.: Sigismondo (Rossini Opera Festival Pesaro, 2010) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) 108062

Young Russian soprano Olga Peretyatko…plays the maligned queen with gentle dignity and in great voice…Antonio Siragusa…sings quite well, and handles the Rossini fioratura with confidence. Andrea Concetti, as the King of Bohemia, and Manuella Bisceglie as the Minister’s sister also perform well…Choral and orchestral forces of the Teatro Comunale in Bologna provide quite excellent musical support and seem to have a great affinity with the Rossini music.

…this production is the best set of the opera to have. © 2013 Fanfare Read complete review

Lawrence Devoe, October 2012

Young director Damiano Micheletto seriously rethought this opera and set it in an asylum where Sigismondo fantasizes about his wife whom he thinks has been put to death. Visually, the madness theme works as a piece and the rather stark hosptial set is a perfect foil for the psychodrama of a troubled soul. The transformation of mezzo-soprano Barcellona into a demented middle-aged man is truly astonishing. The modern costumes also work quite well within the updated concept of Rossini’s opera. Camera coverage of the singers and stage…is excellent and the colors are perfect.

The Teatro Communale di Bologna is a traditional Italian opera house with great sight lines and acoustics. As it is moderate in size, the details of the modest sized orchestra and the vocal lines are very clear. The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track is well laid out with good ambience giving us the in-house sound experience.

Sigismondo is a rarely staged Rossini opera having been upstaged by the comedies such as Il Barbiere di Siviglia, La Cenerentola, and L’Italiana in Algeri. After watching this retooled version of an early 19th century work, you begin to wonder why it has been so neglected. Sigismondopossesses fabulous music as carried off in the present production…there is a wealth of stagecraft and terrific singing that should only whet your appetite for the resurrection of more early Rossini works. The updating works wonders with the subject matter and makes the story even more compelling. Vocalism is generally excellent…Maestro Mariotti…is very sensitive to the support of the singers and lets the wonderful music of Rossini flow. Watching this opera was like striking gold in a long-abandoned mine, well worth the effort. © 2012 Read complete review

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