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David Chandler
MusicWeb International, September 2016

Both performances, beautifully directed by Carlo Torriani, make the viewer keenly aware of how very important the acting is to the overall effect. They are not, strictly speaking, authentic performances, in that they do not present the intermezzi in anything like the way they would have been presented in the eighteenth century. Rather, they are presented in eighteenth-century dress and in settings designed to evoke eighteenth-century Italy; it is a deceptive sort of historicism, but a very charming one, and probably the best way to interest a modern audience in works which, originally, would have appeared wholly contemporary. © 2016 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Bill White
Fanfare, September 2016

The two joint leads are professional singers, quite satisfactory in their roles. Mezzo-soprano Elena De Simone sings both female parts very well and provides comedic acting as good as they might have seen back in the day. Bass Carlo Torriani provides the elder buffo roles in both works. Tomani speaks/sings/barks his music, but that creates much of the humor in Italian buffa opera. Torriani’s comedic timing is honed from long practice and he plays well against the young De Simone. © 2016 Fanfare Read complete review





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