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Allan Altman
American Record Guide, September 2017

All the singers in this production enter into the spirit of the comedy with assurance. Among the standouts is the smooth-voiced bass-baritone Enrico Marabelli as Don Pomponio, a father so intent on finding a wealthy husband for his daughter that he places an advertisement in the newspaper (“la gazzetta”). Though clearly a young artist, Marabelli commands the stage and seems comfortable with the portions of his text in Neapolitan dialect. Pomponio’s daughter Lisetta is portrayed by the charismatic soprano Cinzia Forte, and the handsome tenor Edgardo Rocha takes the role of Alberto, a young man in search of the perfect woman. Rossini rewards both Lisetta and Alberto with memorable “scenas” in Act II.

The production, directed by Stefano Mazzonis di Pralafera, takes full advantage of the liberties one is permitted with this type of farce, while remaining faithful to the storytelling.

Under the spritely baton of Jan Schultsz, this production makes a strong case for adding La Gazzetta to the current Rossini canon. © 2017 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

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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