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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

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