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Huntley Dent
Fanfare, May 2019

Beczala grows into the role before our eyes. … He walks into the world of operetta with exemplary style and vocal panache.

Lisa is also very well sung by Julia Kleiter… Kleiter’s verismo portrayal is dramatically apt and moving. Moreover, she and Beczala blend together in their duets with convincing emotional connection and strong musical instincts. © 2019 Fanfare Read complete review



Opera, December 2018

LEHÁR, F.: Land des Lächelns (Das) [Operetta] (Zürich Opera, 2017) (NTSC) ACC-20435
LEHÁR, F.: Land des Lächelns (Das) [Operetta] (Zürich Opera, 2017) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) ACC-10435

Fabio Luisi conducts with a subtle consciousness of the requisite style and the orchestra sounds marvellous © 2018 Opera




Richard Bratby
Gramophone, October 2018

The focus is very much on the music here in Fabio Luisi’s presentation of this Lehár operetta, one highly praised by reviewer Richard Bratby, who hopes this ‘genuinely moving masterpiece’ will find new friends.

…a release like this is enough to prompt tears of gratitude. If you own Piotr Beczaπa’s 2014 Tauber tribute album, you’ll have dreamed of hearing him sing the complete role of Prince Sou-Chong; and now here he is, in this radiantly performed and gloriously stylish Zurich Opera production from Andreas Homoki. …this is a magnificent achievement: a staging that lets the piece speak eloquently for itself, performed with a sense of style that’s faithful without being patronising. © 2018 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone





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