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Ralph P. Locke
Opera Today, September 2017

MAYR, G.S.: Medea in Corinto [Opera] (D. Rodriguez, Spyres, R. Lorenzi, E. Scala, M. Marcu, Cauteruccio, Orchestra Internazionale d’Italia, F. Luisi) CDS7735
MAYR, J.S.: Medea in Corinto (Festival della Valle d’Itria, 2015) (NTSC) DYN-37735

Spyres has now performed or recorded numerous French heroic-tenor roles, including Rossini’s Arnold and Berlioz’s Cellini. As Giasone he is often utterly admirable, showing great stamina and presence. …he sings consistently in tune.

Indeed, all the singers sing in tune. Furthermore, they put the words across well, which helps us care about the characters’ shifting emotional states. The renowned Fabio Luisi conducts expertly, blending dramatic impetus with delicacy and precision. © 2017 Opera Today Read complete review

Ralph P Locke
American Record Guide, July 2017

Fabio Luisi conducts expertly, blending dramatic impetus with delicacy and precision. © 2017 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

David Shengold
Opera News, January 2017

Young Spanish soprano Davinia Rodriguez gives a formidable presentation of the fearsome title role. One suspects she had listened with attention to Marisa Galvany’s admirably intense traversal—and also to Maria Callas in the Cherubini/Lachner version, because the tone quality is frequently veiled and unconventional. Her Italian could be more clearly uttered, but she puts much emotional color in her sound.

As the tenorial rivals, thrilling baritenor Michael Spyres (Giasome) and bright, high tenor Enea Scala (Egeo) are ideal: Spyres’s skill set is exactly what Mayr demands in range, agility and expression. Even-toned bass Roberto Lorenzi makes a solid impression as Creonte, Creusa’s royal father. This is fine music, deserving future American stagings. © 2017 Opera News Read complete review

Terry Barfoot
MusicWeb International, September 2016

…there is a splendid sense of direction and musical pacing. Fabio Luisi conducts and he is one of the great conductors of our time. It is pleasing to find him supporting a project like this, and he secures excellent playing from the festival’s resident orchestra, known as the Orchestra Internazionale d’Italia. They are supported by the Transylvanian State Philharmonic Chorus, who are splendid too.

Another highlight of the performance is the contribution of the distinguished American tenor Michael Spyres in the role of Giasone, while among the other singers, Mihaela Marcu makes a delightful Creusa, very secure of tone, and Enea Scala is an elegant Egeo. The other singing roles are never less than adequately performed. Many of the vocal numbers are given extended and elaborate instrumental introductions, and these are beautifully played and sensitively shaped under Luisi’s direction. © 2016 MusicWeb International Read complete review

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