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Joel Kasow
Fanfare, May 2020

Massimilliano Pisapia does his best in a taxing role, but it is Andrea Borghini as the noble savage Iberè who comes off best. John Neschling is no stranger to the works of Gomes and is a devoted interpreter of his countryman’s works. © 2020 Fanfare Read complete review



Ralph Locke
American Record Guide, March 2020

GOMES, C.: Schiavo (Lo) [Opera] (Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, 2019) (NTSC) DYN-37845
GOMES, C.: Schiavo (Lo) [Opera] (Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, 2019) (Blu-ray, HD) DYN-57845
GOMES, C.: Schiavo (Lo) [Opera] (S. Vassileva, Pisapia, Borghini, Balbo, Terenzi, Cagliari Theatre Chorus and Orchestra, Neschling) CDS7845.02

Bulgarian soprano Svetla Vassileva has a big voice with a nice cutting edge to it that would help it carry in a big opera house. … Massimiliano Pisapia and baritone Andrea Borghini are first-rate as the two men who love the slave woman. Korean bass Dongho Kim excels in two roles requiring the voice of authority and power: the plantation owner and (his nemesis) the leader of the slave rebellion.

The orchestra plays beautifully, forcefully, atmospherically—whatever is needed. Gosh, regional orchestras are getting good! The style-aware conductor is John Neschling, who was born in Brazil and who has had a major conducting career in Sao Paolo but also Lisbon and Vienna. © 2020 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Opera, February 2020

GOMES, C.: Schiavo (Lo) [Opera] (Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, 2019) (NTSC) DYN-37845
GOMES, C.: Schiavo (Lo) [Opera] (Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, 2019) (Blu-ray, HD) DYN-57845
GOMES, C.: Schiavo (Lo) [Opera] (S. Vassileva, Pisapia, Borghini, Balbo, Terenzi, Cagliari Theatre Chorus and Orchestra, Neschling) CDS7845.02

The musical solidity and stylistic assurance of the performance under the conductor John Neschling… well worth encountering. © 2020 Opera



OperaJournal, February 2020

GOMES, C.: Schiavo (Lo) [Opera] (Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, 2019) (NTSC) DYN-37845
GOMES, C.: Schiavo (Lo) [Opera] (Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, 2019) (Blu-ray, HD) DYN-57845
GOMES, C.: Schiavo (Lo) [Opera] (S. Vassileva, Pisapia, Borghini, Balbo, Terenzi, Cagliari Theatre Chorus and Orchestra, Neschling) CDS7845.02

The Cagliari production with John Neschling at the helm really shows the quality of the piece. There’s not a dull moment with plenty of variety in the musical numbers and situations to continually impress. © 2020 OperaJournal




Mark Pullinger
Gramophone, January 2020

GOMES, C.: Schiavo (Lo) [Opera] (Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, 2019) (NTSC) DYN-37845
GOMES, C.: Schiavo (Lo) [Opera] (Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, 2019) (Blu-ray, HD) DYN-57845
GOMES, C.: Schiavo (Lo) [Opera] (S. Vassileva, Pisapia, Borghini, Balbo, Terenzi, Cagliari Theatre Chorus and Orchestra, Neschling) CDS7845.02

Where DVD can excel: offering advocacy to a work rarely performed on stage, and making a good case for its revival in opera houses more widely.

…Andrea Borghini is the standout… His sturdy baritone has a clean Verdian line and he sings his arias magnificently.

…Elisa Balbo is a sparky, coloratura Countess di Boissy and Dongho Kim makes for a redoubtable Rodrigo, Américo’s father.

With effective performances, this is a good showcase for Lo schiavo and I hope enterprising companies take it up soon. © 2020 Gramophone



Göran Forsling
MusicWeb International, January 2020

GOMES, C.: Schiavo (Lo) [Opera] (Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, 2019) (NTSC) DYN-37845
GOMES, C.: Schiavo (Lo) [Opera] (Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, 2019) (Blu-ray, HD) DYN-57845
GOMES, C.: Schiavo (Lo) [Opera] (S. Vassileva, Pisapia, Borghini, Balbo, Terenzi, Cagliari Theatre Chorus and Orchestra, Neschling) CDS7845.02

Quite the best singing Andrea Borghini as Iberè accounts for. His is a classy baritone with power and expressivity but he can also muster great warmth, which he amply demonstrates in the third act’s duet scene with Ilàra and the following monologue. He is also superb in the terzetto with Ilàra and Américo that ends the opera. The bass Dongho Kim, who doubles as Count Rodrigo and Goitacà, is also a splendid singer. That John Neschling has the right feeling for this opera goes without saying. © 2020 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Records International, November 2019

“Brazilian composer writes anti-slavery opera while slavery still legal in Brazil” would be the headline for this work which, in the event, was premiered in 1889, the year after slavery’s abolition. This recording of documents the opera’s first performance in modern times and reveals Gomes’ flamboyant richness of melodic creativity, his sound grasp of construction, and a technical mastery of the theatrical mechanisms that are always of the highest level. © 2019 Records International





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