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Richard Kraus
MusicWeb International, May 2017

The orchestra plays well, although it sometimes sounds a little thin, and Federico Maria Sardelli keeps the pace moving smartly, perhaps distracting us from lingering over the opera’s weaker moments.

The singing in this production is lively and enjoyable. There are three good tenors—one romantic, one dignified, and one a clown. There are two basses for a double-buffo combination. …As Pasquale, Filippo Morace has more authority and a smoother voice. Both singers make an excellent job at being silly. Laura Giordano puts on a fine show in her acrobatic rondo-finale as Isabella. Silvia Beltrami, singing the conspiratorial maid Matilde, left me wanting to hear more.

Donizetti enthusiasts will find this recording to be a lively and enjoyable performance of a virtually unknown work from the Master’s second tier. These are rare, and should be celebrated and cherished. © 2017 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Records International, April 2017

DONIZETTI, G.: Olivo e Pasquale [Opera] (Taddia, Morace, Giordano, Accademia d’Arti e Mestieri dello Spettacolo Teatro alla Scala Orchestra, Sardelli) CDS7758.02
DONIZETTI, G.: Olivo e Pasquale [Opera] (Fondazione Donizetti, 2016) (NTSC) DYN-37758

Early Donizetti from 1826, a tuneful and diverting melodramma giocoso plot with a stubborn father trying to marry off a daughter with her own ideas. Only previous recording was a 37-year-old Bongiovanni (live also). © 2017 Records International

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