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Steven Ritter
Audiophile Audition, September 2014

…this Vespri features excellent singing, bare but effective sets, and especially the radiant performance of Daniela Dessi as Elena…The singers are not that well-known but quite good, sometimes outstanding. The opera itself gets a deserved recording, as it is much better than a lot of people give it credit for…Much of the music is superb, and it is an important milestone in Verdian development. © 2014 Audiophile Audition Read complete review

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

Lawrence Devoe, May 2013

This Teatro Regio di Parma production dates from 2010 and features a strong Verdian cast, led by…Massimo Zanetti.

Tiziano Mancini and Teatro Regio di Parma, need I say more? This is one terrific watch with creative coverage of a mostly bare stage. Up close detail is excellent and the cameras give us a great sense of the stage.

The audio engineers get this one quite right with a nice balance between stage and pit. The surround version is the one to go for with good ambience and detail.

…the singing won me over. There was enough great music sung and played to move this Blu-ray Disc to the top of the video ladder. Verdi fans can rejoice and, given the infrequent productions of this work, this one will keep the Verdi flames burning. © 2013 Read complete review

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