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I'm afraid I must disagree with most reviewers. I ...
on 16 April 2015
I'm afraid I must disagree with most reviewers. I saw this both in the ROH and on DVD, which confirmed my first impression. I found Dessay vocally strained (at times downright harsh) and her performance too manic. The production irritated me - too much fussy detail.
Florez has improved with age - the famous 9 top C's are all very well but are after all just an acrobatic display, but the legato in his final aria is superb . and as moving as the end of the first act should be, but isn't.