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David Reynolds
American Record Guide, May 2017

The singers are all excellent, …Whether from habit or conviction, Armiliato sings very loudly all through the performance, with only a few headtones in evidence here and there. His acting is certainly acceptable, but doesn’t have the detail and subtlety of his wife’s performance. Yes, Dessi’s voice was fresher 20 years ago when she recorded the role for EMI with Giuseppe Sabbatini, but the colors of her voice and her handling of the text are exquisite.

Alida Berti sings Musetta’s waltz very well and looks stunning in her Act II outfit. Alessandro Luongo is one of those good Italian baritones who doesn’t turn up on these shores very often and we’re all the poorer for it. I have no complaints about the rest of the all-Italian cast except to say that it’s good to hear a cast of singers who all speak Italian as natives and so always know what they’re singing about.

Valerio Galli leads the proceedings crisply. He knows what he’s supposed to do and supports the singers without indulging them too much. © 2017 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Bill White
Fanfare, November 2016

Sets are realistic, costumes evocative of the period, and the singing generally pretty good. Alida Berti as Musetta even brings a bit of much needed youthful high spirits in her entrance at the Café Momus. Dessì has always sung pretty well and does so here, giving us our money’s worth in her music in the first three acts. …Berti as Musetta and Alessandro Luongo as Marcello bring a breath of fresh air and some pretty good singing to the proceedings as the squabbling second set of lovers, and the two other garret denizens also sing solidly. Marco Spotti as Colline sings the Coat Aria well, …Talented young conductor Valerio Galli here leads the Puccini Festival forces in a well-played and emotionally satisfying rendition of the Bohème score. Both the high definition sound and picture quality are excellent, the balance between stage and pit ideal. © 2016 Fanfare Read complete review




Steven Ritter
Audiophile Audition, October 2016

[Daniela Dessi] knew this role as well as anyone singing, her husband [Fabio Armiliato] certainly did as well, and the entire cast is first rate. Watching the death scene in the final act is especially harrowing, and she plays it perfectly, no histrionics, but with a reality that is almost creepy considering what we know happened later.

…for a moving and worthy testament to a great singer, this is hard to beat. © 2016 Audiophile Audition Read complete review



Michael Cookson
MusicWeb International, September 2016

PUCCINI, G.: Bohème (La) (Puccini Festival, 2014) (NTSC) 736108
PUCCINI, G.: Bohème (La) (Puccini Festival, 2014) (Blu-ray, HD) 736204

Dessì is a strikingly vulnerable and melancholic Mimì with her warm-hearted personality shining through. Throughout, her voice sounds in fine condition, acceptably fluid and decidedly expressive with her big arias Sì, mi chiamano Mimì and Donde lieta uscì so deeply affecting. Solid and assured Armiliato is a suitably impulsive Rodolfo coming across as one of the most empathetic of the group of bohemians.

Satisfying filming with marvellous singing and acting: this is certainly a captivating performance that does justice to Puccini’s masterpiece. © 2016 MusicWeb International





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