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Stephen Francis Vasta
Opera News, October 2017

…[disc] offers a genuine Otello—Stuart Neill, a buzzy, full-throated tenor of true heroic amplitude who, after a careful “Esultate!,” projects the music with ease. His singing dominates the stage even at in-between dynamics; it’s varied and expressive, though his facial expression is relentlessly deadpan.

At first, Frizza’s Jessica Nuccio sounds less finished, or less experienced, with a vibrant top but shallower midrange. Her presence, however, better matches the character’s vulnerability, and she comes into her own in a simple, heartfelt final act, in which the midrange finally opens up.

…Roberto Frontali has to shout the high As, and his performance is inevitably less nuanced; his leaner sound, however, works well in the ensembles—his asides cut through without losing projection—and he’s a vivid “puppetmaster.” © 2017 Opera News Read complete review



David Reynolds
American Record Guide, September 2017

VERDI, G.: Otello [Opera] (Sferisterio Opera Festival, 2016) (NTSC) DYN-37767
VERDI, G.: Otello [Opera] (Salzburg Easter Festival, 2016) (Blu-ray, HD) 740104

Both conductors are excellent and lead propulsive performances. The chorus and orchestra in Macerata are enthusiastic if rather rough-and-ready. …The Salzburg Festival chorus is more involved…

Picture and sound for both is excellent. © 2017 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Bill White
Fanfare, September 2017

This Dynamic DVD set from the Macerata Festival displays the results of intelligent ingenuity and the employment of practical simplicity to create sets and staging that are quite enjoyable and light-years better than on the competing set from Salzburg. …there are no elaborate sets, but the Macerata staging appeals to me as interesting, appropriate, and quite imaginative.

The Desdemona, Jessica Nuccio, is a young soprano with a quite good, if a bit fruity, top range. She reminds me of the young Nino Machaidze. …With Roberto Frontali we have another Iago who sings well…The local orchestra and chorus sound surprisingly good, at least on the DVDs. © 2017 Fanfare Read complete review



Hugo Shirley
Gramophone, July 2017

VERDI, G.: Otello [Opera] (Sferisterio Opera Festival, 2016) (NTSC) DYN-37767
VERDI, G.: Otello [Opera] (Sferisterio Opera Festival, 2016) (Blu-ray, HD) DYN-57767

Neill is tireless as Otello, the voice and diction clear throughout and the stamina impressive. Much of his acting is thoroughly rudimentary but he rises to a moving ‘Nium me tema’ at the end of an honest, heartfelt account of the role. Jessica Nuccio isn’t the most meltingly lyrical or mellifluous Desdemona but she offers a genuinely affecting, touchingly acted performance. Roberto Frontali’s Iago lords over it all imposingly, his powerful baritone allied to the sort of enunciation that always makes it so pleasurable to hear native Italians in this repertoire. There’s similar verbal pleasure to be had from Davide Giusti’s Cassio, even if vocally he’s short on polish. © 2017 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone




Remy Franck
Pizzicato, May 2017

With a good cast and a spectacular staging, this video from the Macerata Festival offers a good opportunity to see a contemporary production of Verdi’s work. © 2017 Pizzicato





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