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The other DVD is of Pagliacci, and comes from the same production team in Florence, and it seems that the well of inspiration has run dry. It is fine, there’s nothing wrong with it, it’s just a bit pedestrian. Angelo Villari is a good Canio but not frightening or exciting, and Devid Cecconi’s baritone fits Tonio well. Best is Valeria Sepe’s Nedda, her voice having thrust and with strong stage presence. The direction, which sets characters on moveable towers a lot of the time, succeeds in isolating them when a good grapple wouldn’t come amiss. Valerio Galli conducts both this and the Offenbach very well; in the latter he really catches the all- important lilt.

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