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Paul Corfield Godfrey
MusicWeb International, September 2014

…there is plenty to enjoy in this production as well, with lots of original visual gags that delight the audience and work well in their context without at any time going too far. The performance is really something to cherish. The singers are all well able to cope with Donizetti’s often rowdy orchestration, ringing out loud and clear and managing their florid divisions without aspiration and plenty of fizz.

The…chorus…sing superbly, with dramatic contrasts and clear diction that give their limited role its full measure. Enrique Mazzola is a magnificent conductor, who gets a full-blooded response for the orchestra which belies the need for period instruments in scores of this period. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review

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

Lawrence D. Devoe, MD, July 2014

To make Don Pasquale work as intended, it needs a comic bass-baritone with perfect timing, an attractive soprano capable of Donizetti’s florid phrasing, a solid baritone who is an effective “straight man,” and a lyric tenor who delivers the “ping.” I am delighted to report that we are dealt a good hand on all accounts. In addition to a strong quartet on the stage, maestro Enrique Mazzola’s musical direction is spot on with just the right poignancy or bounce as needed…Don Pasquale fans…will thoroughly enjoy this one as much as I did. © 2014 Read complete review

David Denton
David's Review Corner, July 2014

Sometimes a little quirky, Marianne Clement’s 2013 production of Donizetti’s Don Pasquale is one of the bright new jewels in Glyndebourne’s 21st century crown. Designed to have taken place around the early part of the 19th century, the revolving stage is divided into three segments each containing a room in which the story takes place, interlinking ‘doors’ allowing the action to flow around the four main characters. Characterising Pasquale to perfection…is the much experienced baritone, Alessandro Corbelli, his diction absolutely clear even when the words come tripping out at express speed. As his shrewish ‘wife’, Danielle de Niese, is vocally superb as the pert young lady who goes from one rage to the next, while Nikolay Borchev is so realistic as the smooth-tongued Malatesta, that you come to really dislike the character. The tenor, Alek Shrader, is the good looking Ernesto who sings the third act area, Com’e gentil, with a suitably relaxed elegance. The London Philharmonic play excellently for the conductor Enrique Mazzola, who appears to be enjoying the happenings on stage just as much as the audience. © 2014 David’s Review Corner

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