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Patrick Dillon
Opera News, October 2013

VERDI, G.: Simon Boccanegra (Teatro Regio di Parma, 2010) (NTSC) 724008
VERDI, G.: Simon Boccanegra (Teatro Regio di Parma, 2010) (Blu-ray, HD) 724104

Parma’s Boccanegra is Leo Nucci…The handsome voice, which once seemed on the light side for Verdi’s heavier, darker title roles, now has the apposite color and weight, and it remains surprisingly firm and focused…he’s honest, commanding and deeply moving.

Honest commitment distinguishes his colleagues, too. Tamar Iveri…[has] a lovely, full lyric voice with a welcome authority at bottom, steered by fine musicianship…and a lively, sympathetic temperament and presence. Francesco Meli…sings handsomely and looks properly romantic…Roberto Scandiuzzi…makes a fine, idiomatic Fiesco; and Simone Piazzola…gives promise of a major-league Boccanegra to come. Daniele Callegari, in Parma’s pit, lets the score unfold naturally and compellingly. © 2013 Opera News Read complete review

Christie Grimstad, May 2013

Leo Nucci performs with the most admirable of qualities as Simon Boccanegra, and he interfaces endearingly with Tamar Iveri’s Amelia whose voice has the most appropriate amount of squillo that launches her as an exemplary spinto soprano: range is comfortable, absent of any strain. So, too, her acting with her beloved, Gabriele Adorno, are wonderfully executed. The voice of Francesco Meli…has a tenor register with a confident and vibrant delivery.

Equally satisfying are presentations by Roberto Scandiuzzi and Simone Piazzola as Jacopo Fiesco and Paolo Albiani, respectively: their gesticulations bring a nice slice of dramatic extension to what is already a strong production.

Sound and presentation are excellent…this is a sure bet for Boccanegra fans. © 2013 Read complete review

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