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David Cutler
Fanfare, September 2017

…we first meet Camillo, voiced by Pietro Adaini, who is just a bit nasal and more effective on high, but he also has a pleasant timbre. His act II aria is very well sung with high notes spot-on in pitch. It is a light voice and has just a touch of metal. Next we have Isabella, with the well-known Laura Giordano in the role. She has been singing professionally from a very young age, making her debut in 1995. She is a bel canto specialist and has a timbre reminiscent of the very young Renata Scotto without quite her predecessor’s presence. …Her coloratura is pleasant without being pinpoint.

These younger singers are good professionals, flinging out their arias effectively without being all that exceptional. Perhaps Laura Giordano and Adaini are a cut above the others. © 2017 Fanfare Read complete review

Göran Forsling
MusicWeb International, June 2017

The singing is generally very good, and Pietro Adaìni’s beautiful and flexible lyric tenor blossoms in the role of Camillo. His florid singing is a pleasure to listen to. Laura Giordano’s bright soprano sits well in Isabella’s technically challenging role, and she has a sweet tone. Both Olivo and Pasquale are more buffo characters, and Bruno Taddia and Filippo Morace are excellent. …Matteo Macchioni as Le Bross is splendid, as singer as well as actor, and the long scene with Isabella in act 2 (CD 2 tr. 6-8) is one of the highlights. The quartet near the end of act 1 (CD 2 tr. 1), where the two were joined by Olivo and Pasquale, is another good moment. The remaining characters are well taken and contribute to an admirable performance of an operatic rarity… © 2017 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Records International, April 2017

DONIZETTI, G.: Olivo e Pasquale [Opera] (Taddia, Morace, Giordano, Accademia d’Arti e Mestieri dello Spettacolo Teatro alla Scala Orchestra, Sardelli) CDS7758.02
DONIZETTI, G.: Olivo e Pasquale [Opera] (Fondazione Donizetti, 2016) (NTSC) DYN-37758

Early Donizetti from 1826, a tuneful and diverting melodramma giocoso plot with a stubborn father trying to marry off a daughter with her own ideas. Only previous recording was a 37-year-old Bongiovanni (live also). © 2017 Records International

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