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Fred Cohn
Opera News, September 2013

VERDI, G.: Vespri Siciliani (I) (Teatro Regio di Parma, 2010) (NTSC) 723808
VERDI, G.: Vespri Siciliani (I) (Teatro Regio di Parma, 2010) (Blu-ray, HD) 723904

Massimo Zanetti’s great virtue as a conductor is the unobtrusive, precisely crafted framework he creates for his performers. All four principals are terrifically idiomatic.

Dessì’s Elena…is fascinating to watch—dark, handsome, fully in command of the stage and every inch the tragic heroine.

Leo Nucci, a continual “Tutto Verdi” presence, here plays Monforte. He shows us not only the governor’s ruthlessness but his paternal tenderness. The Verdi style is so deeply ingrained in Nucci’s singing that one is hardly aware of his making interpretive choices; the line emerges as if the score and its execution were a single entity. The Parma series is serving as a de facto record of the Indian summer of this great baritone’s career, and for that we can only be grateful. © 2013 Opera News Read complete review

Christie Grimstad, May 2013

Roberto Maria Pizzuto’s choreographic technique is imaginary, artistic yet devoid of excesses.

Daniela Dessì has a great smoky, sullen voice well poised to create dramatic tension amongst friends and foes. Fabio Armiliato has a demonstrative spike in his declamations, and the “Grand Duet” with Elena is simply grand. Giacomo Prestia brims with full bodied resonance while Leo Nucci creates a French dictate in the role of Monforte.

This I Vespri siciliani is well supported by Martino Faggiani’s chorus. © 2013 Read complete review

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