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Ken Meltzer
Fanfare, May 2016

…the Rodrigo is the Russian-born lyric tenor Maxim Mironov, whose gorgeous, limpid voice, crystal-clear diction, and stunning technique are beyond reproach. …Mironov does a fine job of conveying Rodrigo’s unrequited love for Desdemona. Like his colleagues, the Iago, Robert McPherson, is an able Rossini tenor. …Romeu may not have the most sumptuously beautiful voice, but she is a first-rate musician and actress, and a brilliant Desdemona. Among the secondary roles, Raffaella Lupinacci shines as Desdemona’s confidante, Emilia. The venerable Rossini scholar and conductor Alberto Zedda leads a performance notable for its clarity, momentum, and sympathetic partnership with the vocalists. © 2016 Fanfare Read complete review



Göran Forsling
MusicWeb International, April 2016

The title role is taken by Gregory Kunde, who for more than thirty years has been one of the foremost tenors in, primarily, French and Italian repertoire. …His stamina is admirable. Young Spanish soprano Carmen Romeu is also dramatically strong and her willow song—with the long harp prelude—and the prayer are well sung. …Much the best singing comes from Maxim Mironov, Russian-born lyric tenor, now in his mid-thirties. He has the technical ability, he phrases musically and his tone is liquid and mellifluous. He must be ranked among the most accomplished singers of his generation in this repertoire. © 2016 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Charles H Parsons
American Record Guide, March 2016

Mironov upholds the tenor’s honor. He is a sweet-voiced singer with the goods to get through the coloratura hurdles. Kunde is the darkest voice of the four. There is solidity and flexibility to his voice. The ladies blend dulcetly, making their Act 1 duet a highlight of the performance. Cheers for the solo horn obbligato that introduces the duet. …The orchestra plays with enthusiasm and precision under Rossini-expert Zedda. © 2016 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide




Michael Johnson
ConcertoNet.com, December 2015

Gregory Kunde is an intriguing choice for the title role as the baritonal quality of his voice would seem to rule him out as a Rossinan tenor, but he soars upwards when required. …The bel canto dream tenor role is that of the lovelorn Rodrigo and Maxim Mironov is terrific here… © 2015 ConcertoNet.com Read complete review





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