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Great singing but not hugely funny,
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This review is from: Rossini - L'Italiana in Algeri (DVD)
This is not the funniest L'Italiana you can get, but it is quite well-sung and everyone looks good. The staging is a little busy and the Isabella does seem to take things very seriously. You don't get the idea she is having any fun with the role; however, she is a good singer, with a beautiful, rich voice and she looks good. The tenor is wonderful. On the first aria, he seems a little rushed and his voice seems a bit cold and tentative. As he warms up, he really gets going with wonderful coloratura in the style of Juan Diego Florez. He has the same bleating-style voice - a little more nasal, with dead-on, accurate coloratura. He's really fun to listen to. He too does not seem to be having a great time, though. Marco Vinco, as Mustafa, comes across as a bit of a comedian, and his voice is wonderful and his coloratura quite enjoyable. Also, the Taddeo has a light, pleasant baritone and is reasonably funny. And the lesser characters are all good singers too. I do think if the Isabella is not funny, no amount of good acting from the other characters will make the show truly funny. Still, the singing is just lovely on this disc, and I have played it often as an audio recording and likely will many more times to come.