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Allan Altman
American Record Guide, March 2018

Dramatically, the three principals establish their characters; and, thanks to the strong leadership of conductor Michele Gamba, the performance comes together to form a whole greater than the sum of its parts. Gamba adopts speedy tempos, which give the music a fresh vibrancy: I’ve always been put off by the plodding music that accompanies Adalgisa’s entrance; but here it is spritely and cannily evokes the young girl’s unsettled emotions. Gamba is also adept at blending textures, creating a rare unity between the orchestral colors and the voices. © 2018 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Hugo Shirley
Gramophone, March 2018

BELLINI, V.: Norma [Opera] (Sferisterio Opera Festival, 2016) (NTSC) DYN-37768
BELLINI, V.: Norma [Opera] (Sferisterio Opera Festival, 2016) (Blu-ray, HD) DYN-57768

Of the men, it’s Nicola Ulivieri’s sturdy Oroveso who makes the strongest impression. Rubens Pelizzari’s Pollione is reliable enough, and has impressive diction and projection… © 2018 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone

Robert J Farr
MusicWeb International, December 2017

The title role is reputed to be something of a killer by sopranos with its wide vocal range and demand for flexibility and fullness of tone. Uruguayan Maria Jose Siri in the title role has certainly the weight of voice, if not the ideal flexibility. Scheduled to open the La Scala season in December 2017 as Butterfly, hers is a spinto sized instrument with welcome warmth of tone and good diction and acting. …More used to the bel canto repertoire, Sonia Ganassi as Adalgisa was outstanding as singer and actress, her every phrase loaded with nuance and feeling, a consummate portrayal. The two women, together in the duet ‘Mira o Norma’, their scales in wonderful unison, brought justified vocal enthusiasm and approval from the audience although what either of the singers, or the audience, made of the play with a long strand of chord I don’t know.

On the rostrum, and giving the whole some fusion and frisson, was the relatively young Michele Gamba who has obviously learned a lot during his time at Covent Garden with Antonio Pappano. He shows much promise. © 2017 MusicWeb International Read complete review

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