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Barry Brenesal
Fanfare, March 2008

The entire large cast acts competently. Singing yields more mixed results. Belyaeva has excellent coloratura and vocal placement. Youdina is better still, possessing great flexibility with her vibrato, which she fortunately doesn’t push into a mannerism. Shtoda is his usual bright lyric self, with a gleaming top and fine figuration work. …Gergiev tempers his usual furious energy and delivers a measured and delightfully pointed score. © 2008 Fanfare Read complete review



Giv Cornfield, Ph.D.
The New Recordings, Cliffs Classics, June 2007

This delightful one-act Opera Buffa is Rossini's last Italian work, and was premiered in Paris in 1825 to celebrate the coronation of King Charles X. What is remarkable about this production by Alain Maratrat is that the entire cast is Russian, though watching it, one would never suspect that they are not west-Europeans. Maratrat's colourful and witty rendition places the orchestra onstage, while the pit is bridged by gangways (as in fashion shows), allowing the singers to move into and mingle with the audience. Anastasia Belyaeva as Madame Cortese is a standout: Sassy, pretty, and what a voice! The entire production is state-of-the-art Rossini at his best.



Giv Cornfield, Ph.D
Naxos

This delightful one-act Opera Buffa is Rossini's last Italian work, and was premiered in Paris in 1825 to celebrate the coronation of King Charles X. What is remarkable about this production by Alain Maratrat is that the entire cast is Russian, though watching it, one would never suspect that they are not west-Europeans. Maratrat's colourful and witty rendition places the orchestra onstage, while the pit is bridged by gangways (as in fashion shows), allowing the singers to move into and mingle with the audience. Anastasia Belyaeva as Madame Cortese is a standout: Sassy, pretty, and what a voice! The entire production is state-of-the-art Rossini at his best.





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