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Remy Frank
Pizzicato, June 2015

Celebrating his 20 years on the opera stage, Marcelo Alvarez manages to fulfil most of the demands for the challenging arias of this recital. His voice has a beautiful concentration of tone and the intensity of expression is immediately appealing. © 2015 Pizzicato

Ralph V. Lucano
American Record Guide, March 2015

Álvarez may not belt out ‘Vesti la Giubba’ or ‘Nessun Dorma’ the way we’ve come to expect, but he’s always intelligent and graceful. Orbelian and his orchestra support him enthusiastically. © 2015 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Henson Keys
Opera News, March 2015

There is much to admire and enjoy in this new disc by Argentine tenor Marcelo Álvarez, celebrating his two decades on the world’s opera stages.

…Álvarez sings beautifully, with pure tone, ravishing pianissimos and a romantic ardor that perfectly suits these arias. The entire disc is infused with elegance and nobility of phrasing, as well as an intelligence and musicality that make the approach to each aria subtly but distinctly different. His soft singing is particularly lovely. © 2015 Opera News Read complete review

Michael Cookson
MusicWeb International, February 2015

Never less than engaging, one immediately notices Álvarez’s clear focus and intelligence. His ability to colour his voice and darken his low register is aptly demonstrated in the Leoncavallo arias O mio piccolo tavolo from Zaza and Testa adorata from La Bohème. Also notable is the mood of restrained passion broken by the sudden outburst in Zandonai’s Giulietta, son io from Giulietta e Romeo.

Under Orbelian’s assured control there’s solid and sensitive support from the St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra which adds to the weight of dramatic impact when needed. The recorded sound is clarity itself with good presence; well balanced too.

This is a winning aria collection and deserves great success. © 2015 MusicWeb International Read complete review

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