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Richard Fairman
Gramophone, September 2014

DONIZETTI, G.: Don Pasquale (Glyndebourne, 2013) (NTSC) OA1134D
DONIZETTI, G.: Don Pasquale (Glyndebourne, 2013) (Blu-ray, HD) OABD7144D

Any recording with Alessandro Corbelli in the title-role has to be worth investigating and his playing of the old curmudgeon, at once grumpy and delightfully vulnerable, is Italian comic opera at its most sophisticated. At Glyndebourne, he met his match in the charismatic Norina of Danielle de Niese. Flighty, quick-witted, always with some new expression flashing across her face, de Niese creates a brilliant characterisation… © 2014 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone

Elliot Fisch
American Record Guide, September 2014

The Glyndebourne production…is close to perfection. Corbelli’s experienced Pasquale is played as an old buffoon ready to be fooled. The remainder…of the young cast is attractive, the singing is of the highest quality and note-perfect, the acting is convincing, and they perform as a true ensemble. © 2014 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Robert J Farr
MusicWeb International, August 2014

…experienced Donizetti conductor, Enrique Mazzola, [draws] fine playing from the orchestra whilst allowing and facilitating elegant bel canto singing from the soloists. The young-looking Doctor Malatesta is sung with careful elegance by Nikolay Borchev…

American tenor Alek Shrader sings his role with pleasing tone and acts well. His rendition of the serenata Com e gentil is a delight with elegant phrasing and tone. The following duet between Ernesto and Norina is a vocal highlight too… © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Barry Bassis
The Epoch Times, June 2014

The title character is played by Alessandro Corbelli, a specialist in opera buffa roles…He manages to play to the house…and also to the camera. (The film is well directed by Myriam Hoyer and the audio and video on the Blu-ray disc are excellent.) Tenor Alek Shrader sings the part of the smitten Ernesto with the requisite lyricism…

As Dr Malatesta, Nikolay Borchev is effective…

The showiest role is that of Norina, who is, by turns, seductive, naïve, shrewish and lovable. De Niese is…a crowd-pleaser here…The fact that she is beautiful, even in close-up, adds to her credibility. Her singing is also lustrous throughout.

The London Philharmonic Orchestra is gracefully conducted by Enrique Mazzola, who seems to be having as good a time as the audience. © 2014 The Epoch Times Read complete review

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