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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

Jeffrey Kauffman, March 2013

This is a rather handsome production that blends both modern and vintage elements in an unusual but ingratiating way…The image is very crisp and sharp looking, and close-ups reveal a wealth of fine detail. Best of all, the solid stage lighting offers good contrast and well above average shadow detail.

The principal cast are all very good to excellent and the orchestra (conducted by Donato Renzetti) plays with a lot of nuance and dynamic verve.

Introduction to Luisa Miller…offers the requisite background and synopsis, helping to orient viewers not overly familiar with this piece.

I was actually a bit surprised by how much I ended up liking Luisa Miller…The score is full of haunting melodies…Verdi fans will most definitely want to check this one out. Recommended. © 2013 Read complete review

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