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Fred Cohn
Opera News, March 2020

CASELLA, A.: Donna serpente (La) [Opera] (Teatro Regio Torino, 2016) (NTSC) 2.110631
CASELLA, A.: Donna serpente (La) [Opera] (Teatro Regio Torino, 2016) (Blu-ray, HD) NBD0096V

The four clowns—Francesco Marsiglia, Marco Filippo Romano, Fabrizio Paesano and Fabrizio Beggi—capture the whimsy of their assignments and mesh into a true ensemble. Erika Grimaldi copes fearlessly with the dramatic-soprano demands of the role of Armilia, Altidòr’s warrior-princess sister. Noseda, who at the time was the Teatro Regio’s music director, brings his customary vigor and precision to what is clearly a labor of love, and he receives a hero’s greeting at the curtain call. © 2020 Opera News Read complete review



Allan Altman
American Record Guide, November 2019

Carmela Remigio brings an attractive earthiness and strength of spirit to the title role. The voice has a warm yet piercing quality that is ideal for this kind of music, and she is riveting to watch. … There are strong vocal contributions from sopranos Erika Grimaldi (Armilla) and Francesca Sassu (Farzana/ Coryphaea) and mezzo-soprano Anna Maria Chiuri (Canzade). The four Commedia dell’Arte characters (who bring to mind Ping, Pang, and Pong, despite Casella’s disdain for Puccini) are portrayed with panache by Francesco Marsiglia, Marco Filippo Romano, Roberto de Candia, and Fabrizio Paesano. © 2019 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Paul Corfield Godfrey
MusicWeb International, September 2019

…The orchestral and choral performances are both exceptionally fine. … The large chorus are equally effective in their barnstorming moments and their delicate offstage vocalisations, often acting as a support to the soloists without overwhelming them. © 2019 MusicWeb International Read complete review




Record Geijutsu, September 2019

CASELLA, A.: Donna serpente (La) [Opera] (Teatro Regio Torino, 2016) (NTSC) 2.110631
CASELLA, A.: Donna serpente (La) [Opera] (Teatro Regio Torino, 2016) (Blu-ray, HD) NBD0096V

Beautiful staging and playing of music! Noseda provides support with his perfect conducting and the singers respond without fail. Nothing disappoints in the viewing and listening experience. Well done! © 2019 Record Geijutsu



Opera Now, September 2019

CASELLA, A.: Donna serpente (La) [Opera] (Teatro Regio Torino, 2016) (NTSC) 2.110631
CASELLA, A.: Donna serpente (La) [Opera] (Teatro Regio Torino, 2016) (Blu-ray, HD) NBD0096V

…Conducted by Gianandrea Noseda with great commitment and a strong Italian cast… © 2019 Opera Now



OperaJournal, July 2019

CASELLA, A.: Donna serpente (La) [Opera] (Teatro Regio Torino, 2016) (NTSC) 2.110631
CASELLA, A.: Donna serpente (La) [Opera] (Teatro Regio Torino, 2016) (Blu-ray, HD) NBD0096V

The Turin production certainly makes the most of it under the musical direction of Gianandrea Noseda and some fine singing performances. You can’t fault how Carmela Remigio meets the challenges of the role of Miranda, and Pietro Pretti gives a strident dramatic Altidòr, but all the cast are good, even if the characterisation is rather one-dimensional. Above all, Arturo Cirillo’s production presents the work exceptionally well. © 2019 OperaJournal Read complete review



Mike Ashman
Gramophone

CASELLA, A.: Donna serpente (La) [Opera] (Teatro Regio Torino, 2016) (NTSC) 2.110631
CASELLA, A.: Donna serpente (La) [Opera] (Teatro Regio Torino, 2016) (Blu-ray, HD) NBD0096V

La donna serpente is a great and relatively unsophisticated joy to watch and to listen to, a kind of commedia dell’arte pop music in sound and vision.

The chorus and dancers—and a large supporting cast including a quartet of Ping, Pong and Pang-like courtiers—play a huge part akin to that of the latter-day musical. … The show in 2016 was under the more than capable baton of Gianandrea Noseda, then music director of Turin Opera. It’s obviously well prepared and delivered. The two lead lovers—Piero Pretti as the mortal King Altidòr and Carmela Remigio as his fairy bride © 2019 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone





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