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Patrick Dillon
Opera News, October 2016

The endearingly droll Enrico Marabelli, as the continually confounded Don Pomponio, anchors the show, with equally adept work from his chief male nemesis, Laurent Kubla, as the disguise-adept hotelier who becomes, in turn, Quaker and Turk in his pursuit of Lisetta and collateral prank-playing on her papà. She’s embodied by Cinzia Forte: I wish the bright, somewhat wispy tone had more steadiness and warmth, but stylistically and dramatically she knows what she’s up to.

Vocal honors go to Edgardo Rocha, singing with honeyed fluency as the requisite lovelorn tenor, Alberto, and acting charmingly as he pursues the opera’s seconda donna, Doralice—a neat turn by Julie Bailly as the fifth voice in that new/old quintet. Dutch conductor Jan Schultsz does lithe, lively justice to music that, whatever its provenance, never fails to sparkle with that patented Rossinian fizz and flair. © 2016 Opera News Read complete review

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