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John Sheppard
MusicWeb International, March 2013

This disc forms part of the “Tutto Verdi” collection and like the rest of that series makes use of the chorus and orchestra of the Teatro Regio del Parma. None of the singers were known to me before but all are well cast and give convincing accounts of the music. Best of all are Marian Pentcheva and Francesca Sassu, both having voices of considerable beauty - and agility when required, and well contrasted. In this small theatre neither they nor the men need to force their voices. The chorus and orchestra are also admirable and alert, and Antonello Allemandi keeps the whole performance moving but without undue rushing. The staging is rudimentary but effective, with little attempt at providing more than varied groupings in which the artists for the most part can sing directly at the audience.

Oberto is always likely to be a rarity in the theatre so that for most Verdi enthusiasts CDs or DVDs will be the best way to get to know it. It is certainly worthwhile to do so, and I cannot imagine many better ways of doing this than through the present disc which may well prove to be one of the best issues of this anniversary year. © MusicWeb International Read complete review

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