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Eric Myers
Opera News, July 2017

[Anja Harteros’] performance…is vivid and touching, thoroughly alive to the emotional moment. Her “Morro, ma prima in grazia” is a highlight, hushed and humbled.

Russian soprano Sofia Fomina’s…sweet voice crests beautifully over the ensembles, and her arias are a delight.

It’s telling that two of the most memorable performances are from the Sam and Tom (Anatoli Sivko and Scott Conner), who in most productions are cast aside. These two pencil-thin, white-carnation-wearing, top-hatted fellows appear to have stepped out of a haunted vaudeville show. Often moving in unison, they are an arresting pair. © 2017 Opera News Read complete review



Janos Gardonyi
The WholeNote, May 2017

The Staatsoper selected a dream cast as this opera requires the highest order of singers. Young Polish tenor Piotr Beczała, in love with his best friend’s wife but also guilt-ridden, is vocally and visually radiant in the role of Governor Riccardo. Amelia, the wife, tormented and in a conflict that threatens to tear her apart, is German soprano Anja Harteros, her dark-hued voice full of intensity. The wronged husband Renato, one of Verdi’s most inspired creations, is George Petean who perhaps lacks the expected aristocratic bearing but his strong, heroic and heart-rending baritone completes this exemplary trio of principals. Even the lesser roles: Sofia Fomina (Oscar) and Okka von der Damerau (Ulrica) store wonderful surprises and, to top it all, Zubin Mehta’s masterly handling of the score makes this production truly memorable. © 2017 The WholeNote Read complete review



Robert Benson
ClassicalCDReview.com, May 2017

George Petean is excellent as Renato, Okka von der Damerau is a rich Ulrica, and soprano Sofia Fomina tosses off Oscar with the greatest of ease. …Check this one out, even if just for the singing. © 2017 ClassicalCDReview.com Read complete review



Mike Ashman
Gramophone, May 2017

VERDI, G.: Ballo in maschera (Un) [Opera] (Bavarian State Opera, 2016) (NTSC) 739408
VERDI, G.: Ballo in maschera (Un) [Opera] (Bavarian State Opera, 2016) (Blu-ray, HD) 739504

Musically things are more than fine. Beczała pulls off this one hell of a tenor role…with style and confidence. Harteros gives her usual tightly focused emotional performance. Petean is triumphantly consistent despite being faced with many of the production’s non-realistic situations in which to act. And with Maestro Mehta’s spacious tempos for his arias… With good sound and helpful shot selection the release is strongly recommended. © 2017 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone





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