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Bill White
Fanfare, September 2016

The cast in this 1989 production is led by the inimitable Marilyn Horne. …She is still in fine voice here and handles Vivaldi’s florid music with easy assurance. Kathleen Kuhlmann, this production’s Alcina, …also impresses with her sparkling portrayal of the sorceress. The other singers—Susan Patterson taking on Angelica, Sandra Walker as Bradamante, countertenor Jeffrey Gall as Ruggerio, William Matteuzzi as Medoro, and bass Kevin Langan as Astolfo…remain timeless on this video, and all are singing very well in this performance. The San Francisco Opera…provides excellent support under conductor Randall Behr. © 2016 Fanfare Read complete review



Charles H Parsons
American Record Guide, July 2016

The production and singing…would have made a 16th Century audience and sponsor proud.

The intimacy is very important. Pizzi and associates have lovingly recreated full Baroque magnificence.

The singers park, but do not bark. What singing! Horne is now legendary for her unique vocal coloring, easy coloratura, understanding of style, and personal charisma. …Jeffrey Gall is quite masculine looking and his dark voice soon convinces the listener. He, too, is astounding in his coloratura bravura. There is a tenor in the cast, the amazing William Matteuzzi, master of the Baroque and bel canto styles. Kathryn Kuhlmann is ferocious as Alcina, practically spitting at the audience. Sandra Walker in the male role of Bradamante is quite lovely. Susan Patterson is the charming, much put-up-on Angelica… The reduced orchestra sweeps along with great elan under Randall Behr’s cogent direction. © 2016 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Nicholas Sheffo
Fulvue Drive-in, July 2016

Orlando Furioso (1989) is Antonio Vivaldi’s great opera about the title character, a woman ahead of her time going to war, and who better to play her than the legendary Marilyn Horne? At 147 minutes, it is never boring and this release re-reminds us why Horne is one of the giants in this artform, an insanely powerful vocal bringing this to life as few vocalists could do. © 2016 Fulvue Drive-in Read complete review





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