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Patrick Dillon
Opera News, October 2017

MOZART, W.A.: Zauberflöte (Die) [Opera] (La Scala, 2016) (NTSC) 740408
MOZART, W.A.: Zauberflöte (Die) [Opera] (La Scala, 2016) (Blu-ray, HD) 740504

Much of the pleasure comes from the young, fresh-faced, fresh-voiced cast, not one of them boasting a name I knew beforehand. They’re (like the chorus, orchestra, and technical personnel) members of La Scala’s prestigious Accademia, and this Zauberflöte offers resonant testimony to that institution’s high standards. …There’s an excellent trio of ladies and (drawn from the Wiener Sängerknaben) an equally excellent trio of boys. Everyone looks right, acts well, and delivers the copious dialogue with aplomb; and Fischer, in the pit, guides his youthful singers and players with well-practiced Mozartian savvy. © 2017 Opera News Read complete review

Allan Altman
American Record Guide, September 2017

Egyptian soprano Fatma Said is the real find here. The voice is warm and glowing, even and accurate from top to bottom; and she has an innate musicality. In addition, she is a beautiful young woman, with large eyes and a sweet smile that help make her Pamina a living, breathing character. Austrian tenor Martin Piskorski is a stentorian Tamino… But his singing grows more precise and elegant as the performance progresses, and his exceptionally handsome physical appearance is the very embodiment of a fairy tale prince.

Under the leadership of Mozart specialist Adam Fischer, the orchestra plays with a fine variety of articulation and dynamics, revealing fresh nuances on nearly every page. The videography is of exceptionally high quality, especially in terms of lighting effects. © 2017 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Remy Franck
Pizzicato, June 2017

The performers of this Zauberflöte are the young singers and musicians from the Scala’s opera studio Accademia. Obviously, they are technically not on the same level as the best singers one can hear in other video capitations. And nevertheless, this production is quite worthwhile because of its interesting staging and the dynamic conducting of Mozart expert, Adam Fischer. © 2017 Pizzicato

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