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Richard Kraus
MusicWeb International, May 2017

There is some fine singing on these discs. Spanish soprano Carmen Romeu begins the opera slinky and seductive, but by the end of the opera appears in a housewifely shirtwaist dress after she has set up housekeeping with Rinaldo. Her singing is both flashy and well-controlled throughout, including her Act II rondo. Rinaldo is sung by Italian tenor Enea Scala, who plays a brave, dashing but slightly thick hero. He has a ringing voice and good runs, making him an excellent match for his sorceress.

The orchestra plays with nuance, under the experienced baton of Alberto Zedda. Zedda died at the age of 89 earlier this year. I do not know if this is his final recording, but it is fine remembrance of a musician who provided decades of bel canto pleasure. One imagines that he had a hand in the pleasing da capo ornamentations. © 2017 MusicWeb International Read complete review



James Lockhart
Fulvue Drive-in, May 2017

Armida is one of the more interesting Operas that I’ve seen on disc as of late. Unafraid to show the brutality of war with characters soaked in blood and featuring some impressive costumes, this show of Rossini’s Armida (2015) is nothing short of an experience to watch. Led by the gorgeous Carmen Romeu as Armida, who really is the centerpiece of the performance, the show goes all out and creates a unique experience for its audience members. © 2017 Fulvue Drive-in Read complete review



Richard Osborne
Gramophone, April 2017

ROSSINI, G.: Armida [Opera] (Opera Vlaanderen, 2015) (NTSC) DYN-37763
ROSSINI, G.: Armida [Opera] (Opera Vlaanderen, 2015) (Blu-ray, HD) DYN-57763

…the veteran Rossini conductor and scholar Alberto Zedda—rising 88 and still ablaze with enthusiasm for the music—knows where the young talents are. His four tenors, led by Enea Scala’s vocally gifted and physically imposing Rinaldo, are all first-rate.

The young Spanish soprano Carmen Romeu is a musically accomplished Armida… © 2017 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone





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