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‘…this was Scottish Opera on tip-top form, its orchestra and chorus no doubt fired up by the occasion, enhanced by a cast completely equipped for the task, and with musical director Francesco Corti firing on all of his native Italian cylinders. The voice that really trumpeted the celebrations was tenor Francesco Anile, making his Scottish Opera debut, and doing so with supreme exhilaration and power, even in his off-stage opening as Turiddu in the Mascagni. It’s a while since the company has fielded such ripe stardom…The same might be said for Antonia Cifrone’s fiery and passionate Santuzza, also making her debut with the company.’
The Scotsman ****
 

 

‘…at his best, [Music Director Francesco] Corti draws elegantly unadorned phrases that surge within simple contours and really blossom at their climaxes. Elevated from their usual home in the pit to the city hall stage with its brilliant in-your-face acoustic, the orchestra sounded brighter, fuller and more assertive than I’ve heard them. The chorus was in fine form, too – positively radiant in Cav’s Easter Hymn…Francesco Anile sang Turridu with robust swagger…’
The Guardian ***

 

‘It was an occasion when those whose contribution is usually less visible were up on stage and a well-filled hall could give them the credit they are due. An augmented orchestra demonstrated just what a fine band it is and the chorus, above them in the choir stalls and including some of the company’s ‘emerging artists’, had some excellent tunes to sing. And in front of them all departing music director Francesco Corti was demonstrably shaping an evening of classic Italian opera music…the solo vocal honours going to three Scottish Opera debutantes, Gabriele Spina, Anotnia Cifrone and especially tenor Francesco Anile. His contribution as Turridu in Cavalleria rusticana and Canio in Pagliacci was the star turn in a night to remember…’
The Herald ***