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Robert J Farr
MusicWeb International, June 2009

The Bergamo Festival Chorus sings with vibrancy, whilst the orchestra play Donizetti’s music mellifluously under Marcello Rota’s idiomatic and well-paced interpretation. Cynics may say Roberto Devereux is Lucia without tunes, in reality it is an opera of high drama not lacking in melody. It is more in line with the composer’s first international success, Anna Bolena, and none the worse for that. This performance, with its traditional set, opulent costumes and direct production, can but add to its reputation. © 2009 MusicWeb International



Ron Salemi
Fanfare, November 2008

Dimitra Theodossiou portrays Elizabeth as the aged and imperious queen she was. She has the power to make the character believable and the softness for the lover who fears she has been rejected for a rival. She copes easily with the florid music in a range extending over two octaves; I was particularly impressed that the lowest notes in her role are sung as well as those above the staff.

Massimiliano Pisapia has a strong, ringing tenor voice that matches well the ardent lover he is portraying. As his secret love interest, Federica Bragaglia displays a soft-grained voice that sometimes is in danger of being overwhelmed by the chorus or orchestra, but she manages to hold her own and otherwise sings quiet well. She is also lovely to look at and does the best acting of the cast. Andrew Schroeder’s solid baritone is just what is needed for Nottingham. The minor roles are adequately cast or better.

The Chorus and Orchestra were specially formed in 2006 to participate in the Bergamo Festival. …both chorus and orchestra perform as if they are well-established, strongly disciplined ensembles. Much of the credit for this must go to the chorus master, Corrado Casati, and especially to conductor Marcello Rota. Rota provides excellent support to the singers, keeping the performance moving while allowing the singers to linger over a note or phrase when appropriate. © 2008 Fanfare Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, May 2008




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