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David Patrick Stearns
Gramophone, October 2015

GRAMOPHONE SPECIALIST’S GUIDE TO… Unfairly neglected operas

Although it enjoyed popularity following its 1913 premiere (and took Puccinian harmony a plush, significant step further), this opera fell out of fashion in mid-century along with many post-verismo operas. Yet great singing and acting opportunities are ample, and tawdry vulgarity is at a minimum in a piece about a faithless queen and a blind king amid all manner of emotional extremes. © 2015 Gramophone

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