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- The role of Leonora gives Carol Neblett a wonderful opportunity to display her flawless technique and vocal power. She easily switches gears between the delicate and the declamatory without a hint of effort. It's truly Verdi singing at its best.
- Nedda Casei has a lot to offer in her middle range, but unfortunately the top thins out a bit.
- In contrast to Carol Neblett's stellar performance, the rest of the ensemble has all of the trappings of regional opera at its worst. The chorus is particularly bad, often missing entrances. I don't know how much blame can be placed on the conductor. He may not have had the resources you need to do Verdi justice, but he certainly didn't do the singers any favors when it comes to giving them the space they need to sing a Verdian line either...