, July 2013
The cast is excellent…Kristin Lewis…has a powerful and quite lovely voice…Francesco Meli turns in splendid work as Riccardo. Serena Gamberoni as Oscar is also impressive…Vladimir Stoyanov as Renato is also outstanding and brought down the house with his sensational Third Act aria Eri tu che macchiavi. Elizabetta Fiorillo portrays a most effective Ulrica, appropriately coming across as a powerfully dark character. Ensemble numbers are uniformly excellent throughout the production…
Conductor Gianluigi Gelmeto leads a vital, highly detailed performance, with well judged tempos and a masterly sense for phrasing: every note coming from the pit seems a perfect fit for the action and emotions on stage…the orchestra responds with total comittment and accuracy.
Not only is this a great musical success, but the production is also excellent. Stage Director Massimo Gasparon…has fashioned a brilliant staging that gives the opera a traditional treatment, replete with period costumes and sets that fit the historical aspects of the story. Those sets, as well as the lighting and other production aspects, are most effective…
The camera work and sound reproduction are first rate. All in all, this is an outstanding offering on virtually every count. Highest recommendations! © 2013 Classical Net Read complete review