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Bob Rose
Fanfare, March 2013

The star of this recording is Leo Nucci and his final scene is excellent. Roberto De Biasio has a fine tenor voice and is a first-rate Jacopo Foscari, Tatiana Serjan is a vocally strong Lucrezia. Roberto Tagliavini is a competent Loredano. The rest of the singers are all quite acceptable. The staging is traditional and the picture quality is fine…recommended to all Verdi lovers. © 2013 Fanfare Read complete review

Ralph V Lucano
American Record Guide, March 2013

VERDI, G.: Due Foscari (I) (Teatro Regio di Parma, 2009) (NTSC) 721008
VERDI, G.: Due Foscari (I) (Teatro Regio di Parma, 2009) (Blu-ray, HD) 721104

There’s much splendid music here: a lovely…duet in Act 1; the younger Foscari’s scene in Act 2; the trio for him, his father, and Lucrezia; Lucrezia’s spirited aria ‘Egli e Spento’ in Act 3. DeBiasio is a handsome Jacopo Foscari; Leo Nucci declaims authoritatively as his father, the Doge; and Tatiana Serjan offers much lovely soft singing as Lucrezia… © 2013 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Fred Cohn
Opera News, February 2013

Nucci[’s]…tone here is incisive…he uses this raw material with awesome authority, binding text and tone into musical statements that are both sinewy and grand. The portrayal is so surely paced that it reaches its palpable climax with the penultimate phrase of the last-act solo “Questa dunque è l’iniqua mercede,” huge in its impact.

Russian soprano Tatiana Serjan…plays Lucrezia Contarini…Her voice is dark, appealing and freely produced…Her expressions and deportment show her to be unfailingly committed to the dramatic moment.

Roberto De Biasio, as Jacopo Foscari…has musicality and shape, and he excels in the passages of lyrical expression that characterize the role. Under [Renzetti’s] direction, the Regio chorus and orchestra perform as if they owned the music—which, in a sense, they do.

Joseph Franconi Lee’s production is sober and unfussy, offering no revisionist take on the work but placing singers and chorus in simple, readable patterns that draw attention to the dramatic conflicts of each moment. The team clearly takes the piece seriously. As this splendid disc demonstrates, Foscari deserves no less. © 2013 Opera News Read complete review

Simon Thompson
MusicWeb International, January 2013

Hats off to the Teatro Regio di Parma, who have decided to mark the Verdi bicentenary by performing every single one of his operas. Hats off, too, to Unitel for recording them and releasing each of them on DVD and Blu-Ray. By the end of the project Verdi lovers will be able to call on a fantastic resource to enrich their enjoyment of the composer. It’s great idea, and it’s wonderful to have Verdi’s complete operas on film, performed by one company throughout.

…Tatiana Serjan…can make a thrilling sound. She chews up the scenery in her first scene and aria…and she is always exciting, bringing out the vocal line thrillingly in the big Act 2 ensemble.

…Leo Nucci…impressed me with both the quality of his tone and the intensity of his phrasing…he brings real quality to his portrayal of the elderly Doge…There’s also gravitas and dignity from him in the ensemble scenes.

As for the opera itself…Nucci’s performance reminds you just how good it is. Costumes are quietly plush…evoking the period very effectively. The camera work is fine…The disc also includes a helpful ten-minute feature introducing the opera. © 2013 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Robert Benson, November 2012

I Due Foscari, composed in 1844, was Verdi’s sixth opera immediately following Ernani. Nucci [is] still in fine vocal state in this new release…impressive and he is a fine actor. Roberto De Biasio and Tatiana Serjan are outstanding, and the chorus does their work very well. Joseph Franconi Lee’s staging is simple and effective. © 2012 Read complete review

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