“…it’s superb. Roberto Rizzi Brignoli’s firm yet flexible conducting keeps things moving while giving the vocal and orchestral climaxes their head. Dinara Alieva, the Magda, has a rich, authoritative soprano: she displays a nice conversational immediacy in the midrange and offers full-throated, sweeping climaxes; quieter phrases have lovely spin and float. Charles Castronovo, the ardent Ruggero, brings a wonderful concentration to the intimate moments.…The videography is good. I rather liked the long shot for Magda’s first high note in Act I, visually suggesting a sense of space around the voice…” —Stephen Francis Vasta, Opera News
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