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Allan Altman
American Record Guide, September 2020

RESPIGHI, O.: Bella dormente nel bosco (La) [Opera] (Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, 2017) (NTSC) 2.110655
RESPIGHI, O.: Bella dormente nel bosco (La) [Opera] (Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, 2017) (4K Ultra-HD) NBD0106V

Soprano Angela Nisi is an adorable grown up Princess, tenor Antonio Gandia is a winning presence as the Prince, and other standouts include coloratura soprano Shoushik Barsoumian’s ethereal Blue Fairy and Lara Rotili’s genuinely terrifying Green Fairy. Donato Renzetti leads the forces in this enchanting performance of a rarely heard gem. © 2020 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide




Tim Ashley
Gramophone, July 2020

RESPIGHI, O.: Bella dormente nel bosco (La) [Opera] (Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, 2017) (NTSC) 2.110655
RESPIGHI, O.: Bella dormente nel bosco (La) [Opera] (Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, 2017) (4K Ultra-HD) NBD0106V

Respighi’s take on the Sleeping Beauty story is a ravishing, magical delight for both ears and eyes in this excellent production from Teatro Lirico di Cagliari. © 2020 Gramophone



Lesley Mitchell-Clarke
The WholeNote, May 2020

RESPIGHI, O.: Bella dormente nel bosco (La) [Opera] (Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, 2017) (NTSC) 2.110655
RESPIGHI, O.: Bella dormente nel bosco (La) [Opera] (Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, 2017) (4K Ultra-HD) NBD0106V

The legendary Ottorino Respighi’s La bella dormente nel bosco (The Sleeping Beauty) was first conceived in 1922. The version presented here by the Teatro Lirico di Cagliari has been enhanced from the original by Respighi’s inspired orchestrations.

Featured performers include the versatile Veta Pilipenko (the Queen, Old Lady and Frog); the impossibly lovely Angela Nisi as the Princess; baritone powerhouse Antonio Gandia as the Prince and the venerable Vincenzo Taormina as the King.

Huge kudos to the Teatro, for not only presenting this nearly lost treasure of one of the world’s foremost 20th-century composers, but also doing it to perfection! © 2020 The WholeNote Read complete review



Robert Benson
ClassicalCDReview.com, May 2020

RESPIGHI, O.: Bella dormente nel bosco (La) [Opera] (Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, 2017) (NTSC) 2.110655
RESPIGHI, O.: Bella dormente nel bosco (La) [Opera] (Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, 2017) (4K Ultra-HD) NBD0106V

Getting away from the high drama and intrigue in Wagner’s operas, we have this rarity, Respighis charming opera La bella dormente nel bosco (The Sleeping Beauty) This is expanded from an early stage work for puppet theater based on the famous, fairy tale. Respighi has written some lovely music appropriate for all of the whimsical characters and situations. The expanded opera version was premiered in 1934. The cast on this new recording seems perfect, as singers and as actors. The fairy tale has been filmed with imagination. Excellent video and audio. No texts are provided although there is a track by track description of each section. An unusual release, and another look at Respighi's lighter side. © 2020 ClassicalCDReview.com



Dean Frey
Music for Several Instruments, April 2020

RESPIGHI, O.: Bella dormente nel bosco (La) [Opera] (Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, 2017) (NTSC) 2.110655
RESPIGHI, O.: Bella dormente nel bosco (La) [Opera] (Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, 2017) (4K Ultra-HD) NBD0106V

Grace and glamour

The visual spectacle and stage effects are impressive, but it’s the gorgeous music that makes this special, both as fantasy and real human interest. Though it’s full of musical in-jokes—references to Wagner and Stravinsky and popular music—there’s no need to worry too much about detective work, since Respighi piles up beautiful melodies one on top of the other. The grace and glamour of the whole package makes this an opera everyone—even children—can enjoy. © 2020 Music for Several Instruments Read complete review



Kevin Filipski
The Flip Side, March 2020

RESPIGHI, O.: Bella dormente nel bosco (La) [Opera] (Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, 2017) (NTSC) 2.110655
RESPIGHI, O.: Bella dormente nel bosco (La) [Opera] (Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, 2017) (4K Ultra-HD) NBD0106V

Ottorino Respighi—famed for his richly-scored orchestral works The Pines of Rome and The Fountains of Rome—also wrote several operas of melodic richness and stageworthy drama, such as this version of Sleeping Beauty originally created as a marionette opera, then revised and reorchestrated for the opera house. Director Leo Muscato’s 2017 production at the opera house in the city of Cagliari (on the Italian island of Sardinia) is a delightful frolic, nicely played by the musicians and appealingly sung by the cast. The hi-def video and audio are top-notch. © 2020 The Flip Side



OperaJournal, March 2020

RESPIGHI, O.: Bella dormente nel bosco (La) [Opera] (Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, 2017) (NTSC) 2.110655
RESPIGHI, O.: Bella dormente nel bosco (La) [Opera] (Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, 2017) (4K Ultra-HD) NBD0106V

Utterly enchanting… Far from academic, it’s easy to get lost in the beautiful music and it’s lovingly conducted by Donato Renzetti. © 2020 OperaJournal



Barry Forshaw
Classical CD Choice, March 2020

RESPIGHI, O.: Bella dormente nel bosco (La) [Opera] (Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, 2017) (NTSC) 2.110655
RESPIGHI, O.: Bella dormente nel bosco (La) [Opera] (Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, 2017) (4K Ultra-HD) NBD0106V

…There is much to enjoy here… Respighi’s La bella dormente nel bosco (‘The Sleeping Beauty’) was originally commissioned by the puppeteer Vittorio Podrecca. The revised version we hear today preserves much of the kaleidoscopic approach and magnified characters and emotions of that original; now enhanced by the composer’s matchless orchestration. © 2020 Classical CD Choice Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, March 2020

RESPIGHI, O.: Bella dormente nel bosco (La) [Opera] (Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, 2017) (NTSC) 2.110655
RESPIGHI, O.: Bella dormente nel bosco (La) [Opera] (Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, 2017) (4K Ultra-HD) NBD0106V

During his lifetime Ottorino Respighi was regarded as the Italian Richard Strauss, but today his quite sizeable catalogue of operas has sadly passed into obscurity.

Even in his lifetime La bella dormente nel bosco had a mixed reception in the opera world when first seen in 1922, no doubt due to the fact that it was originally composed for a puppet theatre, with a very small group of ‘off-stage singers and instruments’. Apparently there followed a second version in 1934 with children miming in place of the puppets, and that also was never published. So now we have a new production, staged in 2017, in the Sardinian city of Cagliari where it was presented as a conventional opera, the story being the fairytale one that had formed Tchaikovsky’s famous ballet, The Sleeping Beauty. In complete contrast with today’s opera producers, where everything has to be modernised, the Stage Director here, Leo Muscato, creates a pure fantasy with the animals, birds, King, Queen, Princess and Prince all set in a fictional world. From a musical aspect, the singing from the whole cast is most pleasing, the young award-winning soprano, Shoushik Barsoumian, taking the major role of the Blue Fairy, while the robust voice of baritone, Vincenzo Taormina, as the King, is particularly outstanding. Sadly, with the fine tenor, Antonio Gandia, as the Prince, is not helped by his drab attire in creating the man in the Sleeping Princess’s dreams. Otherwise, from a video perspective, the dress is a riot of colour, and the young children dancing a little rose ballet are charming, though they fail to win a mention in the booklet. The conductor, Donato Renzetti, obtains a very detailed response from the company’s orchestra, while the chorus obviously enjoy their participation. In three short acts, it is certainly not a neglected masterpiece, but it is one of the most pleasing and charming operas I have discovered. Good quality sound and video filming, my copy came in a standard DVD format, but there is also a Blu-ray version, NBD0160V. © 2020 David’s Review Corner





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