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Joe Cadagin
Opera News, May 2017

SOTELO, M.: Público (El) (Teatro Real, 2015) (NTSC) BAC134
SOTELO, M.: Público (El) (Teatro Real, 2015) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) BAC534

Of the two leading male roles, baritone José Antonio López, as Enrique, makes a stronger impression. There’s high-strung desperation in his vocal and bodily performances, and he exposes his character’s vulnerability in delicate falsetto lines. Bass-baritone Thomas Tatzl, as Gonzalo, is at his best when he transforms into a crucified Christ, reflected four times by enormous mirrors. His wide vibrato suits the quivering voice of Jesus—warm and forgiving, but also broken and beaten. © 2017 Opera News Read complete review

Michael Schulman
The WholeNote, January 2017

What held me throughout as a member of “the public” was the most essential element of any effective opera—the music. Mauricio Sotelo’s “spectral” orchestral score is riveting—rhythmic and atmospheric, with glittering percussion and spicy interludes of flamenco vocals and guitar. © 2017 The WholeNote Read complete review

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