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Joshua Rosenblum
Opera News, November 2016

Roberto Scandiuzzi has a powerful, burly bass that provides convincing gravitas for Henrik’s tormented musings. Konrad is sung by Alfonso Antoniozzi, whose baritone pulses with the acuity of fevered memory when he finally describes what happened in the woods that day. In the flashback sequences, baritone Pavo Kuban, vibrant and charismatic as Young Henrik, and tenor David Giusti, smoother-edged but equally impassioned as Young Konrad, are convincing as the younger counterparts of Scandiuzzi and Antoniozzi. Soprano Angela Nisi, as Kristina, sings with a lyric sweetness accompanied by a darkish, soulful timbre that suits the anxious proceedings. Her upper range blossoms with particularly intense beauty in her aria about falling in love with Konrad. Elsewhere, Nisi, Giusti and Kuban blend superbly in a trio—another standout set piece—in which we hear wistfulness and nostalgia as well as impending misfortune. Romina Tomasoni brings a comforting, characterful coloring to the role of Henrik’s longtime devoted housekeeper and bearer of all the secrets.

The Orchestra Internazionale d’Italia churns marvelously under the suave leadership of Francesco Cilluffo. © 2016 Opera News Read complete review

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