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Richard Sininger
American Record Guide, January 2018

DONIZETTI, G.: Roberto Devereux (Teatro Real, 2015) (NTSC) BAC130
DONIZETTI, G.: Roberto Devereux (Teatro Carlo Felice, 2016) (NTSC) DYN-37755

According to Wikipedia, Mariella Devia was born in 1948. Thus in 2018 she will be 70 years old. Yet, here she is, in recordings made in 2015 and 2016, acting and singing the difficult bel canto role of Queen Elizabeth in her late 60s. And she does it magnificently. The voice shows none of the problems usually associated with growing older. She has no wobbly vibrato; her top notes sound clear and secure; and the coloratura passages (of which there are many) sound clean and accurate. To hear this performance, one would guesss that she is in the prime of her career. The lady must have amazing technique. She fits the role perfectly, since the opera takes place late in Elizabeth’s reign. She is just about the perfect interpreter of this role. We are lucky that her performance is preserved on these two recordings.

In both performances, the other main characters are strong. Sonia Ganassi and Sylvia Tro Santafe both sing Sara beautifully. Ms Santafe looks young and beautiful, but both act the role very convincingly. As the title character, Gregory Kunde shows some strain in his first scene, but he then sounds like his normal self, which is very good. …Both baritones sing quite well, but Marco Caria has the edge here with a more powerful voice and stage presence. © 2018 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Patrick Dillon
Opera News, May 2017

DONIZETTI, G.: Roberto Devereux (Teatro Real, 2015) (NTSC) BAC130
DONIZETTI, G.: Roberto Devereux (Teatro Real, 2015) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) BAC430

Devia, never prone to histrionics, shows impressive regal restraint; and if her voice, never plush, sounds harder these days, and moves a little more slowly, her stylistic mastery remains intact…

She has a worthy rival in Silvia Tro Santafé’s Sara, a lovely shimmer to her tone and an equally lovely mien; and while a top note or two may betray his vintage, at sixty-one the redoubtable Gregory Kunde, in the title role, still can fill the vocal measuring cup impressively close to the brim. Marco Caria, a late replacement for Mariusz KwiecieĊ„, is a dry-voiced but clearly experienced Nottingham. Bruno Campanella, in the pit, is another admirable veteran who knows his bel canto business. But the show belongs to Devia, and it’s to her happy credit that neither age nor arachnophilia gets in her way. © 2017 Opera News Read complete review

Janos Gardonyi
The WholeNote, January 2017

American lyric tenor Gregory Kunde as Robert, Second Earl of Essex the unlucky object of royal fury, whose voice grew more powerful recently, was a good match for Devia, passionate, heroic yet tender in the love scenes. The high vocal standard was carried even further by Spanish mezzo Silvia Tro Santafé and principal baritone Marco Caria’s heartrendingly anguished performances. A glorious night for bel canto! © 2017 The WholeNote Read complete review

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