3 out of 4 people found the following review useful:
This performance of this underrated opera is my definition of operatic heaven
TheLittleSongbird from United Kingdom
16 October 2011
I have seen many outstanding opera productions, but not many over the
past three or so weeks have been as outstanding as this production of
Nina, O Sia La Pazza Per Amore. The opera is a highly pleasurable and
underrated opera, the story is simple yet very tragic and moving and
the music is gorgeous.
This production is wonderful on every level. The sets are minimalist
however very effective, and the costumes and lighting are suitably
sumptuous and don't take away from the opera's mood. The production is
well-preserved on DVD, with very good picture quality and interesting
Musically as with a vast majority of opera productions I've seen, Nina
is faultless. The orchestra have verve and style, which are needed for
the likes of Paisiello(Nina's composer), Mozart and Rossini. The
conducting is also superb, brisk tempos yet there is always room for
pathos and subtlety too. The clear sound helps.
The interaction with all the soloists(principals and instrumentalists)
and the chorus is in sync with one another, none of the stolid acting
Singing and acting are superb. Cecilia Bartoli is simply wonderful in
the title role, her husky and dark mezzo is put to ideal use and her
high notes are well supported too. Her acting is also to be commended,
her Mad scenes are effectively done but she is very moving as well
particularly in Il Mio Ben Quando Verra.
In support, the best for me were Laszlo Polgar as her father, he
possesses a rich voice and his acting is both cruel and remorseful, and
Jonas Kaufmann who shows a beautiful voice with ringing high notes and
a baritone-like quality and vivid acting especially in his big solo
aria and the wonderfully sarcastic duet with Polgar.
Juliette Galstian is a moving yet humorous and bossy Susanna, and
Angelo Veccia is great as Giorgio the major-domo.
All in all, operatic heaven, doing justice to a vastly underrated work.
10/10 Bethany Cox
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