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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

Michael Cookson
MusicWeb International, June 2017

Italian baritone Roberto Frontali, a Verdi specialist, excells as a malevolent and dangerous Iago constantly plotting and conspiratorial. Frontali is able to make the most of his voice which isn’t huge and profits from his significant stage presence. …Confident and committed in the role of Cassio, Otello’s captain, Davide Giusti demonstrates a steady and agreeable tenor which is ably projected. …Mezzo Tamta Tarieli does all that is asked of her as the maid Emilia, wife of Iago. The playing of the Fondazione Orchestra Regionale delle Marche is impressive, under the steadfast baton of Italian conductor Riccardo Frizza, who is a new name to me although he has appeared in many of the world’s top opera houses. Playing with resilience, the orchestra is certainly firing on all cylinders. The combined forces of Coro Lirico Marchigiano Vincenzo Bellini and Pueri Cantores D. Zamberletti do well… © 2017 MusicWeb International Read complete review

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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