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Bradley Winterton
Taipei Times, January 2015

The Australian soprano Jessica Pratt sings the heroine Amina with an unruffled confidence. With her copious blonde hair she certainly looks the part, and in addition she appears to produce her vocal pyrotechnics quite effortlessly. Shalva Mukeria…sings the constantly distressed Elvino with great panache and Giovanni Parodi is also excellent as the Count. The chorus looks magnificent in their affluent 1930s skiing costumes, and to have the Count arrive by ski lift, and the chorus later depart by an onstage glistening red bus, are both the kind of coup de théâtre that are this production’s strongest point.

This DVD, then, must now be rated as among the best available of this sometimes elusive opera. © 2015 Taipei Times Read complete review




Mike Ashman
Gramophone, March 2014

BELLINI, V.: Sonnambula (La) (La Fenice, 2012) (NTSC) 713908
BELLINI, V.: Sonnambula (La) (La Fenice, 2012) (Blu-ray, HD) 714004

The present performance…is strong musically and more complete textually than it would have been in days of yore (Callas and Tullio Serafin). The sub‑plot of secunda donna Lisa’s attempt to compromise heroine Amina gets a fuller run for its money with her attempts to return to a relationship with Elvino.

The cast has been carefully assembled. English‑born, Australian‑bred Jessica Pratt vocalises the put‑upon heroine with skill and beauty. Georgian tenor Shalva Mukeria…clearly knows his way well round Elvino’s far from easy notes, and sounds suitably Romantic. Giovanni Battista Parodi—the Freud avant la lettre of this drama—is wholly convincing in voice and action. Gabriele Ferro, an experienced and classy conductor of this repertoire, is on terrific form, as is his orchestra. © 2014 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone





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