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Composer: DONIZETTI Gaetano
Soloist(s): Annick Massis, Bruce Ford, Jennifer Larmore, Pietro Spagnoli, Anne-Marie Gibbons, Ahsley Catling
Conductor(s): Antonello Allemandi
Orchestra(s): London Philharmonic Orchestra
Number: ORC29
Choir(s): Geoffrey Mitchell Choir
Released: 2004
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langIn the title role, Annick Massis shines as the Spanish princess imprisoned by the Moors. Massis sings with enormous charm, cushioning her tones in the delightful manner of Joan Sutherland, yet capable with her smaller voice of delivering high C climaxes over full chorus and orchestra. Above all, it is Massis’s fantastic timing that sets her atop the pack of today’s bel canto artists.
Opera News
July 2005
Drew Minter
langBel Canto filberts, you’ve just died and gone to heaven. Opera Rara has exhumed some interesting operas for compact disc, but nothing as surprising or as superbly performed and produced as these two rare Donizetti one-acters – Donizetti’s Elvida and Francesca di Foix – an Oriental tragedy and a socio-political farce.
Both works get strong, idiomatic conducting from Antonello Allemandi, leading the London Philharmonic. The quartet of singers (the same on both discs) is simply fabulous. Annick Massis, a fluid coloratura soprano and stunning looker who has managed to avoid San Francisco, sings the title part in both operas.
The Tribune (San Francisco)
20 May 2005
Stephanie von Buchau
langReferring to Elvida: At the opera’s center is soprano Annick Massis, who once more demonstrates that beautiful tone is possible throughout one’s entire range, at every dynamic level and in laguid as well as highly decorated music. She and Ford knock several out of the park with their final theme and variations.
August 2005
Robert Levine
langReferring to Francesca de Foix: Annick Massis matches him (Bruce Ford) for variety of tone and expression and encompasses the florid demands of the role with security and eas. She uses a lighter tone than as Elvida, varying it between her uncertainty at the enticement and flirtatiousness as she teases her husband as they depart for the tournament.
March 2005
Robert J Farr
langReviewing both Francesca di Foix and Elvida: The limpid purity of Annick Massis’s voice, it’s true, is better suited to the lighter manner of Francesca than to the heroic, death-defying Elvida, but she deals remarkably well with the technical difficulties of both.
Gramophone magazine
June 2005
John Steane

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Opéra de Monte-Carlo | DEC. 2017

Annick Massis manifestement en confiance, délivre un chant aussi expressif que de haute école.                                                                    Le cantabile de « Qui la voce » se déploie sur un souffle infini , avec un art consommé du chiaroscuro.Et son « Virgin vezzosa «  comme «  Vien, diletto « , aux vocalises , échelles chromatiques et trilles impeccables, sont couronnés d’aigus très sûrs, mais toujours intégrés à la phrase.                           

                                                                                  Thierry Guyenne | Opéra Magazine | Jan.2018


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