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David L. Kirk
Fanfare, November 2007

ROSSINI: Scala di Seta (La) (NTSC) OAF4023D
ROSSINI: Scala di Seta (La) (Rococo Theatre Schwetzingen, 1990) (NTSC) 2054978

Carmen Lavani is a more serious and imperious Giulia than Luciana Serra, who is more flirtatious. Lavani has a darker voice than Serra’s. The contrast is in reverse for the women singing the cousin Lucilla; Tiziana Tramonti has a lighter voice and is more outgoing than Jane Bunnell. The gentlemen singing the suitor Blansac differ in their interpretations of the role: Rinaldi (Schwetzingen) is suave and worldly whereas Chiappi (Swiss) is costumed and plays the role as if he were Belcore on leave from L’elisir d’amore. The two men playing the wily servant Germano couldn’t be more different, yet each interpretation works well for their individual talents. Roberto Coviello (Swiss) is young, charming, and comes across as a baritone Cherubino. Alessandro Corbelli is older, wiser, funny, and droll. Ernesto Palacio has the best voice in the Swiss cast, and a more typically beautiful tenor sound than Kuebler, whose voice has a unique and individual sound. Kuebler makes a sincere and lovable Dorvil, there is warmth and genuineness in his approach to the role.

The star of the show is Rossini whose music carries the day from the striking chords that open the overture to the end of the busy finale; one good tune after another and all full of characteristic rhythmic energy. © 2007 Fanfare Read complete review

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