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Henry Fogel
Fanfare, January 2016

Annunziata Vestri sings movingly and powerfully as Rosa Mamai, the tortured mother. Her aria in the final act “Esser madre,” is a high point, and is touchingly staged as she recalls raising Federico by looking at his baby carriage. It is impossible not to feel her pain throughout. Dimitry Golovnin is a fine lyric tenor with a real feel for the intimate style of much of the music. …Stefano Antonucci is also deeply persuasive as Baldassarre. His voice shows some signs of age, which is actually necessary for the role of this old wise man, but never does it turn into a disturbing wobble. He sings with tenderness and power. …Instead of the mezzo-soprano that Cilea calls for as L’Innocente, this production uses a fine countertenor, Riccardo Angelo Strano, and he is vocally excellent and extremely convincing as the young boy. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review




Michael Cookson
MusicWeb International, October 2015

Francesco Cilluffo conducts his Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana with verve and assurance. Similarly the well prepared ‘Coro Lirico Marchigiano V. Bellini’ maintains the high standard.

As I expected from Dynamic, the sound quality is satisfactorily balanced and agreeable… In High Definition the picture quality is most pleasing with an excellent definition.

This is a strong production that generates considerable dramatic tension. For those with a particular interest in verismo this Cilea work is a real find and is easy to recommend. © 2015 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Robert Cummings
Classical Net, September 2015

…this production is a good one, from the updated but appropriate costumes to the sets that include the very atmospheric decaying house front in the opening scene. Kudos then are in order for stage director Rosetta Cucchi for her imaginative and sensitive treatment of the opera. The main asset here though is the Federico of Dmitri Golovnin, who is quite compelling throughout and who delivers one knock-out number, the famous Federico’s lament from the second act, É la solita storia del pastore.

Francesco Cilluffo leads the proceedings with moderate to slightly brisk tempos and draws fine performances from the orchestra and chorus. The camera work, picture clarity and sound reproduction are all first rate. © 2015 Classical Net Read complete review





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