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Mark Mandel
Opera News, June 2013

VERDI, G.: Luisa Miller (Teatro Regio di Parma, 2007) (NTSC) 722808
VERDI, G.: Luisa Miller (Teatro Regio di Parma, 2007) (Blu-ray, HD) 722904

All six principal roles are strongly sung and played, especially the three leading ones, by Fiorenza Cedolins (Luisa), Marcelo Álvarez (Rodolfo) and Leo Nucci (Miller).

The drama’s two heavies are well contrasted: Giorgio Surian sings Count Walter in a powerful, open bass-baritone with a big vibrato; Rafal Siwek sings the dastardly Wurm in a middleweight, covered, secure bass. Mezzo-soprano Francesca Franci sings and plays a handsome Federica. Conductor Donato Renzetti excels… © 2013 Opera News Read complete review

Robert Levine, April 2013

Here is another fine entry in the “Tutto Verdi” series from C Major Entertainment and Unitel, this time a performance of Luisa Miller from Parma, recorded in October, 2007. Denis Krief directs; he also designed the sets, costumes, and lighting.

The singing is excellent… Leo Nucci’s baritone, at 65, is still magnificent…Fiorenza Cedolins[’s]… singing…is elegant, exciting, and touching. Always a fine actress, she turns in a heart-rending performance.

Marcelo Alvarez is in his absolute best voice as Rodolfo, in a role wholly suited to him; high notes ring true and easy, his legato is impressive. And Krief has directed him with great flair as well; his intensity is believable.

Donato Renzetti leads like a true Verdian, with sweep, intensity, and a pulse that keeps this unique “middle” work moving and thrilling, and the Parmeggiani play and sing magnificently. © 2013 Read complete review

Robert Benson, March 2013

This Parma production is excellent in many ways. Sets, scenery and costumes have been updated but not offensively so. Fiorenza Cedolins has many admirers…Her voice can be exciting…overall she is impressive as the unfortunate Luisa, and Marcelo Alvarez is in top voice as Rudolfo. Veteran Leo Nucci sings the role of Miller with authority…Video and audio work well. © 2013 Read complete review

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