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David Shengold
Opera News, April 2016

…Bondarenko’s vocalism is fully satisfying. Vladislav Sulimsky’s excellent bass-baritone makes the Moorish doctor Ibn-Hakia, whose skill cures Iolanta’s blindness, into a full-blown lead. …Two fine Opera Köln singers, Dalia Schaechter and John Heuzenroeder, make stronger impressions as Brigitta and Alméric. © 2016 Opera News Read complete review



James H. North
Fanfare, March 2016

…[Alexander Vinogradov’s] acting and singing are magnificent; there must be something in the Russian waters to turn out such spectacular basses generation after generation. Vladislav Sulimsky’s bass is warmer and smoother, keeping his Ibn-Hakia easily distinguished from King René. © 2016 Fanfare Read complete review



Ralph V Lucano
American Record Guide, January 2016

…Vinogradov sings with warmth and fullness… The three ladies who sing Martha, Brigitta, and Laura blend so gorgeously in their lullaby that they deserve special praise. © 2016 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide




David Nice
BBC Music Magazine, November 2015

The lower male voices are all distinguished—chiefly those of bass Alexander Vinogradov and baritone Andrey Bondarenko— …we hear most of the detail in the orchestra, especially Tchaikovsky’s amazing woodwind scoring. What a great score this is, and at least—unlike the Netrebko turkey—it’s done with live conviction. © 2015 BBC Music Magazine




Mark Pullinger
Gramophone, October 2015

A beautiful and moving opera which only now seems to be getting the attention it deserves—so there’s no shame in highlighting another superb version to hear. © 2015 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone





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