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Christie Grimstad, February 2013

This DVD has a marvelous cast of principals: all are polished, resonate, emotional. Aquiles Machado’s Carlos seethes with determination…He’s passionate in his vocal expression and the intensity is mighty powerful. Supported by the Coro di masnadieri, “Le rube, gli stupri, gl’incendi, le morti” has a brisk cadence with strong singing…

Lucrecia Garcia handles her role with aplomb. Her voice is perfectly matched for Verdi’s Amalia, singing unflinchingly while projecting nicely in her arias…and blending in beautifully during the duets…Artur RuciƄski brings the evil component to stage as Francesco whose timbre is masculine yet velveteen.

…I masnadieri is filled with memorable passages, giving it a “one-two”punch. © 2013 Read complete review

Patrick Mack
Parterre Box, February 2013

…soprano Lucrecia Garcia…displays a very full and rich sound…The basic instrument is simply gorgeous with a goose-flesh inducing lower register that is exciting when she utilizes it. She is distinctive in the ensembles and the opening Act III duet between she and the tenor is the glory of Verdi’s score and the best part of this performance too.

Ms. Garcia…[has] a very beautiful voice and she’s still the best Verdi soprano I’ve seen…

The chorus of the San Carlo…make a marvelous impression in a score that is rhythmically tricky and requires a great deal of dynamic variety.

Picture and…sound are excellent and I’m calling this one a good value since…the performances are generally characterful…[and] we have incisive leadership in the pit… © 2013 Parterre Box Read complete review

Robert Levine, February 2013

This compilation of performances in March, 2012 from Naples’ San Carlo serves the music handsomely. Tenor Aquiles Machado…is a splendid Carlo…he sings with passion, strong, centered tone, freedom at all registers, and utter commitment.

Artur Rucinski…is remarkable as Francesco…his singing is vital and expressive. Lucrecia Garcia is a vocal find as Amalia. The voice is big, bright, and agile…She gets most of the trills and coloratura and rides over climaxes well…Giacomo Prestia’s Massimiliano is nicely sung and well-acted…

Nicola Luisotti’s leadership is excellent, from the warm cello solo that is featured in the prelude, through the introspective moments, to the angry confrontations, and the chorus and orchestra shine throughout. © 2013 Read complete review

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