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Mark Mandel
Opera News, September 2013

PERGOLESI, G.B.: Frate `nnamorato (Lo) [Opera] (Fondazione Pergolesi Spontini, 2011) (NTSC) 101652
PERGOLESI, G.B.: Frate 'nnamorato (Lo) (Fondazione Pergolesi Spontini, 2011) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) 108066

…this production, like others in the series encompassing Pergolesi’s six operas and two extant intermezzos, sports a fine Italian period-instrument orchestra. Here it’s Europa Galante—fifteen musicians, led by violinist Fabio Biondi, who do their scintillating best for Pergolesi’s early score.

…mezzo Elena Belfiore sings incisively as Ascanio, and soprano Patrizia Biccirè uses a plush voice with agility as Nena. © 2013 Opera News Read complete review

Dave Billinge
MusicWeb International, August 2013

The singing and playing in this performance are quite outstanding. Europa Galante is one of the world’s finest baroque ensembles. Under Fabio Biondi this score bubbles and shines very brightly indeed. The singing and acting of Laura Cherici as the maid Vannella is but one high point in a set of beautifully observed performances. All the performers put maximum effort into this entertaining confection.

Top class sound and picture are combined with an informative essay…a full cast list and a track-listing with timings… © 2013 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Lawrence D. Devoe, MD, June 2013

Exploiting the telegenicity of the cast, everything on stage works to the advantage of the show, even the extras look great.

The small orchestra is detail-perfect, providing the sound that Pergolesi would have intended.

This production with its en pointe updating, refreshing cast of young singers and loving musical leadership from Fabio Biondi makes a strong argument for keeping Lo Frate ‘nnamorato on stage. With topnotch audio and video values, I would urge hardcore opera fans to go and get this one while it is still hot. © 2013 Read complete review

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