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“…the staging is, for the most part, imaginative and stylish, even at times rather beautiful. …Marilyn Horne's… glowing enjoyment is a great life-enhancer throughout, and her voice, if a little less full-bodied than of old on top, is still rich, flexible and utterly individual. Levine conducts with good-humoured firmness, and the orchestra play as though Rossini is their number-one composer.”
“Sparkily conducted by James Levine, Ponnelle's 1986 Met production goes for broad comedy rather than subtlety, but Marilyn Horne knows exactly how to sing Isabella, and receives strong buffo support from Paolo Montarsolo.”
“Horne is the great star focus...She is predictably brilliant in the coloratura passages, with her commanding presence not getting in the way of a sense of fun...The production by Jean-Pierre Ponnelle is brightly attractive, and the direction is at the service of the performance. Levine conducts with characteristic energy.”
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