American Record Guide declares our Simon Boccanegra recording “a stunning achievement”!
“[Dmitri Hvorostovsky] is unquestionably magnificent and helps make this recording—Delos’s first venture into recording a full opera—a stunning achievement. The entire cast is everything you could want in this opera. Fritolli’s …lustrous and sensitive portrayal of the vulnerable Maria/Amelia is exquisite. Abdrakazov is a reliably sturdy Fiesco. The most welcome discovery for me was Stefano Secco as Gabriele Adorno, a commanding tenor with a gorgeous voice in the style of Carlo Bergonzi. The rest of the cast is rock solid. Constantine Orbelian has worked often and effectively with Hvorostovsky. Here he elicits polished and confident playing from the Kaunas choir and orchestra and allows the action to unfold as it must with the right dramatic exposition.” —Robert Moore, American Record Guide