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Richard Lawrence
Gramophone, March 2017

DONIZETTI, G.: Roberto Devereux [Opera] (Ganassi, S. Pop, Mansoo Kim, Genoa Carlo Felice Theater Chorus and Orchestra, Lanzillotta) CDS7755.02
DONIZETTI, G.: Roberto Devereux (Teatro Carlo Felice, 2016) (NTSC) DYN-37755
DONIZETTI, G.: Roberto Devereux (Teatro Carlo Felice, 2016) (Blu-ray, HD) DYN-57755

The ladies are superb. The opera begins with Sonia Ganassi as Sara, lyrically despairing in ‘All’aflitto’; later she is touchingly vulnerable when explaining to a furious Roberto how she was forced into marriage. And Mariella Devia is a miracle. Nearly 68 when this production was staged, she was the same age as the queen she was portraying. Imperious at the outset, grey-haired and witch-like at the end as she renounces the throne in favour of James VI of Scotland—an even wilder departure from history—Devia’s Elizabeth is mesmerisingly well done. The chorus and orchestra under Francesco Lanzillotta are good. © 2017 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone

Raymond Walker
MusicWeb International, January 2017

This production by Alfonso Antoniozzi concentrates on creating expressive characters and is neatly framed.

The orchestra is excellent under Lanzillotta’s direction and an ideal balance between singers and orchestra is provided.

This is a worthy DVD for consideration as both performance and technicalities are good. © 2017 MusicWeb International Read complete review

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