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James A. Altena
Fanfare, November 2016

…the fabulous singing by leads Dinara Alieva and Charles Castronovo, and the impassioned conducting of Roberto Rizzi Brignoli, transport one back to glory days of the Met in the 1950s. © 2016 Fanfare Read complete review



Michael Cookson
MusicWeb International, September 2016

American tenor Charles Castronovo plays the part of Ruggero Lastouc a young man new to Paris. …There is expressive singing by Castronovo displaying a lovely, smooth and unaffected voice with a pleasing top. The supporting roles are well cast. Alexandra Hutton is in sparkling form as the convivial Lisette, as is youthful looking Álvaro Zambrano, the eccentric yet lovable poet Prunier, who favours wearing plus-fours.

Wealthy Parisian Rambaldo Fernandez the abandoned sugar-daddy is sung by Stephen Bronk. Decked out in blazer and cravat, the bass-baritone has a sturdy voice and reasonable stage presence. The Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin conducted by Roberto Rizzi Brignoli make a compelling combination and as one has come to expect, distinguished chorus master William Spaulding achieves expert results with his vocal forces. © 2016 MusicWeb International Read complete review



James A Altena
Fanfare, September 2016

…the singing! My heavens, I thought such unabashed, full-throttle verismo emotionalism had died with the 1950s! Dinara Alieva has a wonderfully opulent soprano, a true spinto with seemingly limitless power and an absolutely free top… [Charles Castronovo’s] is an absolutely thrilling voice that brings back memories of Franco Corelli in its deeply burnished baritonal timbre and ringing top, coupled to fluent legato phrasing and ardent expressiveness. …Both he and Alieva have excellent diction, secure intonation, and rock-steady diaphragm support. …Lizette and Prunier, are portrayed with equal excellence by Alexandra Hutton and Álvaro Zambrano, with their much lighter but attractive, well produced and characterful voices perfectly limning the gaiety of their characters. The comprimario roles and the chorus also sing superbly… © 2016 Fanfare Read complete review



Charles H Parsons
American Record Guide, September 2016

The musical performance is highly attractive. Alieva is a big-voiced Italianate soprano capable of taking on the big Puccini roles (Butterfly, Minnie). Castronovo pulls off Ruggero with romantic aplomb, singing with ease the role’s low tessitura. © 2016 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide





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