A top ranking performance, only found in Japan, with an excellent Cedolins who is in a far better condition than in her Liceu's performance (Arthaus, 2007): beautiful voice, adequate play, sustained by good singers (excellent Adalgisa too), and Campanella is conducting with a great sense of the score. Only one limit: the orchestra which has difficulties to play piano when required (or maybe the recording is too close of the instruments?)
“Laurent Pelly's production of Donizetti's opéra comique was one of the highlights of the Royal Opera's 2006-7 season, and viewing this well-produced DVD of the show it's perfectly obvious why. Natalie Dessay's skinny tomboy of a Marie combines a 110 per cent commitment to the physicality of her acting with a coloratura facility that is beyond criticism.” BBC Music Magazine.
Arthaus presents a production of Rossini’s L’Italiana in Algeri by renowned opera stage director Andrei Serban and conducted by Bruno Campanella from the prestigious Opéra National de Paris.
The excellent cast of singer-actors was led by international mezzo-star Jennifer Larmore who, with her unaffected contact with the audience, beautiful voice and excellent acting, is central to this staging. The American singer has acquired a reputation as a Rossini specialist, and is no stranger to inventive stagings of the composer’s comedies…
The opera is not quite on the level of the best known examples of Donizetti opera buffa, L'Elisir or Don Pasquale, but it has its charms, and the performances are expert. Serra was a fine coloratura and the men are all practiced performers in this genre. The production is apt and not overdone. Not indispensable, but entertaining.