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Howard Smith
Music & Vision, October 2015

Maria Borsi’s gorgeous debut solo album from Naxos is outstanding in every respect.

In the comprehensive half dozen Puccini arias Borsi reveals faultless artistry. One can hardly say better. This is as near to as good as it gets. Catalani’s ‘Ebben? Ne andrò lontana’ (from La Wally) is liberally represented in the legendary discographies of Callas, Gheorghiu, Tebaldi and Fleming. Borsi delivers the excerpt with ravishing beauty and certainly merits a place among their olympian ranks.

Maria Luigia Borsi’s iridescent, lustrous performance informs the final track.

With the LSO accompanying Borsi, her home audiences could scarcely ask for more. © 2015 Music & Vision Read complete review



Ralph V. Lucano
American Record Guide, March 2015

…Borsi is best when she can be pensive and inward: the ‘Willow Song’ and ‘Ave Maria’, Mimi’s farewell, Angelica’s ‘Senza Mamma’.

Abel and the London Symphony supply first-class support, and the sound is excellent. © 2015 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Edward Greenfield
Gramophone, December 2014

It is welcome to have…a collection of Italian soprano arias as attractive as this delightful disc. …here is a young, sweet-toned lyric soprano able to float pianissimos in the highest register to ravishing effect.

The performance that Borsi gives is not just ravishingly beautiful but has a dramatic intensity… It is luxury casting to have the LSO crisply conducted by Yves Abel. © 2014 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



Phil Muse
Audio Video Club of Atlanta, November 2014

Maria Luigia Borsi…shows us why she is considered ideal for the touchingly pathetic heroines of Verdi and Puccini in “Italian soprano Arias.” The choice selection allows ample scope for her to display her exquisite phrasing and breath control, and particularly her beautiful tone. She is a very intelligent interpreter of the roles she sings. © 2014 Audio Video Club of Atlanta Read complete review



George Hall
BBC Music Magazine, October 2014

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The young Italian soprano sets out her stall on this (largely) operatic recital disc. The first item is unusual—Respighi’s Shelley setting of 1914…It’s a lush, melancholic piece, to which Maria Luigia Borsi’s clean, fresh and fleshy lyric soprano proves well suited, while her sense of intimacy also works well here.

Borsi is well-schooled and undeniably promising, her lovely tone at its most fragrant…in the atmospheric aria from Catalani’s La Wally. © 2014 BBC Music Magazine



David Denton
David's Review Corner, September 2014

The Italian lyric soprano, Maria Luigia Borsi has sung in most of the world’s leading opera houses to great critical acclaim, and here makes her debut recital recording. It is a voice of considerable beauty that was obviously born to sing the sad roles Puccini gave to his leading sopranos, a fact made abundantly clear in a disc that features six of his major operas. She has the ability to float high notes that seem suspended in air, her limpid quality having a clarity to create the young people Puccini pictured. Opening with Butterfly’s aria Un bel di vedremo, she must make a deeply moving Liu on stage as she begs the Calef not to fall for Turandot’s fatal attractions, while Mimi’s distress at the end of the third act of La Boheme is deeply moving. I was pleased that she included Magda’s first act aria from the gorgeous score for La Rondine, the group concluding with Lauretta’s plea to her father in the comedy, Gianni Schicchi. She is equally well suited to the role of Desdemona in the Willow Song from Verdi’s Otello, and makes a very sad heroine in Catalani’s La Wally. Yet I so wish she had given us a complete Puccini disc that would have been an unqualified success, the inclusion of the little known and extended Respighi concert aria Il tramonto, that forms the opening track, being a questionable choice. Yves Abel, who has much impressed me in the opera house, brings a very supple accompaniment from the London Symphony so as to give Borsi the space to characterise her roles. Good sound quality. © 2014 David’s Review Corner




Mary Kunz Goldman
The Buffalo News, August 2014

Soprano Maria Luigia Borsi is no stranger to Buffalo. I called her “appealing and emotive” then, and I stick by my judgment, hearing this charming bargain collection of arias. This is Borsi’s debut solo album. © 2014 The Buffalo News Read complete review





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