May 7, 2008

Ciofi role debut in Maria Stuarda

Maria Stuarda
Gaetano Donizetti

Maria Stuarda - Patrizia Ciofi
Elisabetta - Marianna Pizzolato
Leicester - Danilo Formaggia
Talbot - Federico Sacchi
Lord Cecil - Mario Cassi

Conductor - Luciano Acocella
Opéra Royal de Wallonie, Liège, Belgium
Radio broadcast of the May 3 2008 performance

Patrizia Ciofi as Maria Stuarda

Quick review for the impatient Polish fan community of Patrizia Ciofi;

- poor performance of Danilo Pizzolato as Leicester; the problems are too numerous to list here, but the main thing is he has no voice whatsoever
- vibrant performance from Marianna Pizzolato as Elisabetta, average one from Mario Cassi as Cecil
- big problems of unison in the orchestra, in the chorus and between each other
- interesting conduction of Luciano Acocella, the word coming to mind is "primesautière", one of those words there is no proper English translation for

Since Patrizia Ciofi was not at ease from the beginning, I wasn't expecting anything in the 2nd and 3rd acts. I was right, though she did manage to step things up by Act 3 (the version played in Liège is the one in 3 acts). She sounded tired (exhausted at times), and her voice was weak, metallic and not at all representative of her usual talent.
A series of performances to forget I would say, glad that I am I didn't make the trip to Belgium.

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