IL CORRIERE DEL TEATRO – Decèmber 2011
“I Lombardi alla prima crociata” by G. Verdi

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[…] Undoubtedly not an easy work to perform and one which required the joint efforts and expertise of artists and technicians alike.

[…] We were surprised by the beauty of it all, sets, costumes and music. It is a production worthy of being shown on other stages as well. […]

From the point of view of interpretation, Gioele Muglialdo displayed great conducting skills. He led the Italian Philharmonic Orchestra with the right energy while never losing control of the stage, which should not be underestimated. His enthusiasm and knowledge allowed him to master each passage.

Cesare Carretta’s virtuosic violin solo provided a highly emotional moment. Young and well-prepared the cast of singers: Stefanna Kybalova, endowed with a unique tone of voice, was convincing in the difficult role of Giselda.

Indeed, all the main roles in this opera are technically hard, beginning with Oronte, here rendered by the impressive technique of Ivan Magrì, a tenor who has convinced us also in previous performances.

Andrea Patucelli, a byword for professionalism, played Pagano. All in all a well-assorted and proficient cast. The audience thoroughly enjoyed the performance, thundered their applause and requested an encore that the Chorus Master Corrado Casati gladly granted.

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