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Richard Lawrence
Gramophone, May 2017

MERCADANTE, S.: Francesca da Rimini [Opera] (Bonilla, Aya Wakizono, Sungu, Matteo, Martinez, Rivas, Cluj-Napoca Philharmonic, Luisi) CDS7753.03
MERCADANTE, S.: Francesca da Rimini [Opera] (Festival della Valle d'Itria, 2016) (NTSC) DYN-37753
MERCADANTE, S.: Francesca da Rimini [Opera] (Festival della Valle d'Itria, 2016) (Blu-ray, HD) DYN-57753

…Fabio Luisi gets excellent playing from his orchestra warm, tender strings in the Act 1 finale, fine obbligatos and the chorus sings lustily. And the solo singing is stupendous. Merto Sungu is thrilling, Leonor Bonilla sings with bell-like clarity, with good coloratura and trills, and the Japanese Aya Wakizono is a mezzo in a thousand. If you want to hear bel canto magnificently performed by singers you have probably never heard of, go out and buy the discs right now. © 2017 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone





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