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Joanne Sydney Lessner
Opera News, January 2017

The most satisfying vocal performances come from the forthright tenor Carlo Allemano as Fritz, and soprano Carla di Censo, who makes a winsome Wanda. © 2017 Opera News Read complete review, November 2016

Lucia Valentini-Terrani…absolutely steals the show as the grand duchess: she is imperious, vulnerable, quick to anger and equally quick to forgive, and in superb voice throughout. Her famous aria, Ah! Que j’aime les militaires, bursts forth with rousing enthusiasm; …and her transfer of affection and eventual bittersweet conclusion…produces a genuinely poignant moment in what is otherwise a rousing conclusion. The soldier she fancies is well-sung by Carlo Allemano, his sweetheart comes through as very sweet indeed in Carla di Censo’s characterization, …Emmanuel Villaume keeps the whole production moving along at a speedy but never frenetic pace, and the chorus and orchestra sound consistently wonderful. The underlying seriousness of Offenbach’s parody of 19th-century military adventurism is present for those interested in looking for it—but even those without a history-driven interest in the material will find a great deal to celebrate in this first-rate performance of a first-rate work. © 2016 Read complete review

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