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Patrick Dillon
Opera News, November 2016

VERDI, G.: Due Foscari (I) (Royal Opera House, 2015) (NTSC) OA1207D
VERDI, G.: Due Foscari (I) (Royal Opera House, 2015) (Blu-ray, HD) OABD7197D

…musically, the performance is good. Agresta’s isn’t quite the right voice for her role, …but it’s an attractive instrument when she’s not overloading it, and she knows the style—and, as a native, the language. So does the handsome, simpatico Meli, and their fervent delivery of the text is a pleasure to hear. He’s a fine Jacopo, …Maurizio Muraro lowers effectively as the vengeful Loredano. Antonio Pappano, in the pit, does nothing to taint his reputation as an expert, committed Verdian, and his Royal Opera forces honor him—and Verdi—with first-rate playing and choristry. © 2016 Opera News Read complete review



new-classics.co.uk, October 2016

Antonio Pappano conducts the Royal Opera House Orchestra and Chorus in director Thaddeus Strassberger’s setting that explores the corruption lurking beneath the opulent display of the Venetian court. …Tenor Francesco Meli eloquently sings Francesco Foscari’s son Jacopo… © 2016 new-classics.co.uk Read complete review




Manuel Ribeiro
Pizzicato, September 2016

In a minimalistic staging the audience can focus the essential drama of this opera. Francesco Meli and Maria Agresta form a superb and vocally homogeneous couple, while Placido Domingo, here again as baritone, is so charismatic that the missing freshness of his voice is more than compensated. © 2016 Pizzicato



James A Altena
Fanfare, September 2016

…[Agresta] sings dead on pitch, has no trouble negotiating all of her coloratura fireworks, and is a vibrant and committed interpreter… © 2016 Fanfare Read complete review



Neil Fisher
Gramophone, July 2016

VERDI, G.: Due Foscari (I) (Royal Opera House, 2015) (NTSC) OA1207D
VERDI, G.: Due Foscari (I) (Royal Opera House, 2015) (Blu-ray, HD) OABD7197D

With Muraro muttering opaquely from the sidelines, this is really a three-person gig, and around Domingo there is excitement but also wildness from both Meli and Agresta. The tenor has the mettle for the part and phrases nicely… © 2016 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



Robert J Farr
MusicWeb International, June 2016

VERDI, G.: Due Foscari (I) (Royal Opera House, 2015) (NTSC) OA1207D
VERDI, G.: Due Foscari (I) (Royal Opera House, 2015) (Blu-ray, HD) OABD7197D

The performance of the Covent Garden Orchestra is outstanding directed by Pappano and taking strength from his dramatic vision. The Covent Garden Chorus make their usual competent contribution despite limited opportunities. …With a genuine dramatic baritone in the title role and the likes of Pappano on the rostrum this staging could be a vehicle for the work’s renaissance. © 2016 MusicWeb International Read complete review





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