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Christie Grimstad, April 2013

Principals, within the confines of Donato Renzetti’s most capable conducting, add convincing substance. Guido Lonconsolo’s Belfiore is comfortable and authoritarian…Anna Caterina Atonacci delivers a solid and stalwart delivery as La marchesa del Poggio.

…Un giorno di regno, nonetheless, showcases the Italian composer’s early transcendent buffa in an elegant, respectful manner. Highly recommended. © 2013 Read complete review

Bill White
Fanfare, March 2013

VERDI, G.: Giorno di Regno (Un) (Teatro Regio di Parma, 2010) (NTSC) 720208
VERDI, G.: Giorno di Regno (Un) (Teatro Regio di Parma, 2010) (Blu-ray, HD) 720304

Sets are stylish and traditional, costumes in period and finely appointed. Stage Director Pier Luigi Pizzi to his credit pretty much sticks to the story in this seldom seen work…Antonacci sings quite wonderfully, as usual, and even assays Verdi’s coloratura with confident aplomb. Her creamy mezzo voice is always on pitch and she is one of the best actresses on the stage today…tenor Guido Loconsolo also brings plenty of vocal talent to the role of Belfiore and he looks great as well. The Parma house orchestra here under conductor Donato Renzetti, seems quite capable…

Musical highlights include the cleverly written overture, quite reminiscent of Rossini, the virtuoso tenor aria “Pietoso al lungo pianto,” the mezzo soprano aria “Si mostri a chi l’adora,” and the septet, patterned after the septet in La Cenerentola…I would recommend this set even if there were a dozen others out there; I am quite pleased with it. © 2013 Fanfare Read complete review

David J. Baker
Opera News, January 2013

VERDI, G.: Giorno di Regno (Un) (Teatro Regio di Parma, 2010) (NTSC) 720208
VERDI, G.: Giorno di Regno (Un) (Teatro Regio di Parma, 2010) (Blu-ray, HD) 720304

…the Tutto Verdi series [of the Un Giorno di Regno], assembled by the Teatro Regio di Parma and the C Major label, offers an opportunity to enjoy the comedy’s undeniable charms in a filmed live performance.

Pizzi’s principal weapon in this charm offensive…is the seductive Anna Caterina Antonacci as the Marchesa del Poggio…In addition to her vocal supremacy in solos and ensembles, Antonacci has the physical charms, expert timing and secure presence to triumph in a striptease and bathing scene that is both risqué and risky.

…Guido Loconsolo’s handsome Cavaliere di Belfiore…is benevolent and judicious, vocally warm and persuasive in an atypical, lyrical Verdi baritone role. © 2013 Opera News Read complete review

Charles H. Parsons
American Record Guide, January 2013

The singing is mostly excellent…Loconsolo and Porta make a merry pair of buffos, Magri a dulcet Edoardo. There is much to admire in Marianelli’s Giulietta. Renzetti moves the opera along at a light and lively pace.

The production, staging, sets, and costumes are a total package, plain and simple, from Pier Luigi Pizzi. © 2013 American Record Guide Read complete review

Janos Gardonyi
The WholeNote, November 2012

Seeing this production from Teatro Regio di Parma, a regional theatre of architectural splendour, one is immediately taken by the wealth of catchy melodies, all original, no repeats, the irrepressible upbeat rhythms and hilarious comedy at its best. Conducted by Donato Renzetti, the production was designed by famous Italian Pier Luigi Pizzi with an elegant, symmetrical renaissance set with ingenious lighting changes following the progress of the day…Six major voices…mainly all young singers in top form carry the action that never for a moment stands still. It’s unfair to pick a favourite, but I was partial to the lead mezzo Anna Caterina Antonacci whose vocal power in all registers, beautiful intonation, feeling for nuances and a comic talent could put any mezzo currently basking in glory to shame. The protagonist Guido Locansolois a radiant baritone, looks the part, elegant, regal but relaxed and charmant, a worthy foil for Antonacci. © 2012 The WholeNote Read complete review

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