“This production from St Petersburg, and contemporaneous with the Glyndebourne production reviewed above, is a much more conventional but equally valid approach. The staging is always apt, and in terms of cast, the Kirov holds the edge over its rival. The young Guleghina is the intense, vibrant Lisa to the life. The video direction is exemplary, though the sound leaves something to be desired.”
“It is handsome to look at and very well staged, a joy to watch as well as listen to...it is a straightforward and clean-cut presentation, deftly using massive choruses to match the opulent scenery, and nearly all the cast is first-rate.”
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