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James A. Altena
Fanfare, January 2014

…it is one of the best entries in this entire series, which makes me particularly happy, as I have a great fondness for this opera among Verdi’s early works. The staging is minimalist but sensible, and the costumes traditional. The big news here is Tatiana Serjan, an absolutely fabulous Verdi soprano…Roberto Di Biasio is a fine Jacopo…singing ardently with pleasing timbre, steadiness, and secure high notes. Renzetti has a sure grasp of the score…the chorus and orchestra turn in first-rate work. This is not only an easy first choice for this opera on DVD…it is now the I due Foscari of choice for a recording in any medium… © 2014 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

Lawrence Devoe, December 2012

Maestro Donato Renzetti leads a very sympathetic performance and receives excellent vocal contributions from the principals of this cast. Audio and video recording is also very well done.

The videography does justice to the singers and staging with very realistic reproduction of the singers and staging…the period costumes are attractive and the Doge’s wardrobe is appropriately regal.

This rare early Verdi work contains a wealth of great vocal material in each act. This production emphasizes the dark nature of this work with its stark sets and stage shadows. Conversely, the singing is bright and often brilliant, particularly from tenor De Biasio and soprano Serjan. The centerpiece role, that of elderly Doge Francesco, is delivered with conviction by baritone Nucci…Production values on both audio and video side are excellent… © 2012 Read complete review

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