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Bill White
Fanfare, March 2017

Young Ukrainian soprano Olga Kulchynska plays and sings Giulietta, and she is very good at it, both acting and singing, a real find. If she can keep voice and figure in place for a few years she is going to be a real handful in operas yet to come. Of course, she plays off the Romeo of current opera megastar Joyce DiDonato, who is also very good, though she makes a rather odd looking man/boy. Both DiDonato and Kulchynska seem quite adept at embellishing the bel canto line, although Bellini presents less opportunity for that here than in some of his later works. Benjamin Bernheim also sings very well as Tebaldo, and Roberto Lorenzi turns in a capable job as Lorenzo, …The cast assembled here would be an asset to any production and just about any opera. © 2017 Fanfare Read complete review

Neil Fisher
Gramophone, December 2016

BELLINI, V.: Capuleti e i Montecchi (I) (Zürich Opera, 2015) (NTSC) ACC-20353
BELLINI, V.: Capuleti e i Montecchi (I) (Zürich Opera, 2015) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) ACC-10353

Zurich Opera’s cast and conductor jump on board with admirable commitment. Fabio Luisi boldly sculpts the cantabile phrases without getting bogged down, and the orchestral playing is evocative, with pungent contributions from the winds. Of the bit-parts—in this opera, they really are—Alexei Botnarciuc’s Capellio fulminates effectively, Bernheim brings conflicted ardour to Tebaldo, and Roberto Lorenzi offers compassionate mercy as Lorenzo, if via a slightly muffled bass.

Yet Zurich really strikes gold with the triumphant pairing of Joyce DiDonato as Romeo and Olga Kulchynska as Giulietta. DiDonato’s clothes and wig give her an unfortunate resemblance to Barbra.

Streisand’s Yentl, but the American mezzo is ferociously ardent and her attention to textual detail superb. Her denouement is tremendously affecting. Kulchynska’s youth is only part of the reason why the talented Ukrainian is so moving here. She jumped into this show late but the production looks like it was mounted around her portrait of a lost, wounded soul, and she sings with silvery vulnerability. © 2016 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone

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