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Patrick Dillon
Opera News, September 2016

BIZET, G.: Pêcheurs de perles (Les) (Teatro di San Carlo, 2014) (NTSC) 719508
BIZET, G.: Pêcheurs de perles (Les) (Teatro di San Carlo, 2014) (Blu-ray, HD) 719604

As Nadir, Dmitry Korchak is dashing in his military dress; and like many a fine Russian tenor before him, he easily adapts his lean, pointed Slavic sound to French music. …Roberto Tagliavini is the suavely menacing Nourabad. …[Gabriele Ferro] gives his professional best to Bizet’s delectably fragrant confection. © 2016 Opera News Read complete review



Nicholas Sheffo
Fulvue Drive-in, July 2016

Fabio Sparvoli staged this with the Teatro di San Carlo and conductor Gabriele Ferro. [This] makes for good alternative opera viewing… © 2016 Fulvue Drive-in Read complete review



Mike Ashman
Gramophone, March 2015

BIZET, G.: Pêcheurs de perles (Les) (Teatro di San Carlo, 2014) (NTSC) 719508
BIZET, G.: Pêcheurs de perles (Les) (Teatro di San Carlo, 2014) (Blu-ray, HD) 719604

[Patrizia Ciofi’s Leïla was] a fluent and fluid display with beautiful tone of the score’s tricky coloratura… The Russian tenor [Kurchak] has a good lyric voice… Gabriele Ferro’s conducting subtly maintains the tension of the evening without histrionics. © 2015 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



Rob Maynard
MusicWeb International, January 2015

Tenor Dmitry Korchak demonstrates convincing versatility. In the second Act, his duet with Patrizia Ciofi is a particular success. [Ciofi’s]…very attractive voice is enough to convince us of the love she feels for Nadir and, in her moving confrontation with Zurga, her willingness to sacrifice herself to save him.

The San Carlo chorus do a good job as Indian Ocean fisher-folk, variously credulous, outraged or homicidal, and judging from their beaming smiles at curtain call they seem to have had a great time. The orchestra lends solid support under the experienced baton of veteran conductor Gabriele Ferro…Both the picture and the sound on my copy of the Blu-ray Disc version were of a very high standard.

This new recording of a well presented performance provides an excellent opportunity to discover that all over again. © 2015 MusicWeb International Read complete review





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