, 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