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Bill White
Fanfare, November 2013

A cut above the other singers…is the Elisabetta of Cellia Costea. You can tell right away she is a good one: her solid intonation, secure top, and fine ability to emotively color the text give her away. Simone Piazzola sings pretty competently as Rodrigo, as does mezzo Alla Pozniak in the role of Princess Eboli…

…this Don Carlo makes an impression. As one of the first appearances of this opera on Blu-ray, its sharp clarity and vivid colors impress, and much of the gripping drama is evoked quite effectively. This set from Modena deserves to be seen, and is recommended. © 2013 Fanfare Read complete review

Terry Barfoot & Dave Billinge
MusicWeb International, September 2013

VERDI, G.: Don Carlo (Teatro Comunale di Modena, 2012) (NTSC) 724608
VERDI, G.: Don Carlo (Teatro Comunale di Modena, 2012) (Blu-ray, HD) 724704

The production has abundant atmosphere and always appeals to the eye…The singing is uniformly good, and particular praise can be directed towards Giacomo Prestia as King Philip, Luciano Montanaro as the Grand Inquisitor and Cellia Costea as Elizabeth of Valois. Mario Malagnini is a noble Don Carlo…

Alla Pozniak as Eboli dominates the stage during her ensembles…The chorus makes a reliable impression throughout and the ensembles are handled well both dramatically and musically. Fabrizio Ventura’s conducting brings much experience to bear upon proceedings, and there is a palpable sense of teamwork and commitment.

Recorded across four performances, the production looks appropriate at every stage…The production team take a bow at the end and receive a deserved ovation. Their success owes a great deal to the highly effective lighting which is brilliantly captured by the excellent Blu-ray image…

This issue is well documented with an essay and synopsis, and the disc includes a very useful introduction to the opera done in such a way that should appeal to the connoisseur and the novice alike…

While this recording from Modena does not feature any international superstars, both the presentation standards and the performance itself are admirably focused on achieving the highest standards possible. A firm and enthusiastic welcome is therefore in order. © 2013 MusicWeb International Read complete review

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