Puccini’s Gianni Schicci (AVA, 2016)

“Richard Raub conducted Gianni Schicchi at a good comic clip while Capobianco brought out the often-lost social stratification of the 13th-century Florence setting. The title character is usually a rogue, as he impersonates a recently deceased patriarch to dictate a new will that doesn’t leave everything to the local monastery. Here, Schicchi is “new money” with more smarts and class than the “old money” – an approach enabled by a strong vocal and theatrical counterbalance from Allegra De Vita, who played the Maggie Smith/ Downton Abbey role.

Again, the best singing wasn’t in typical places.”

David Patrick Stearns, Philly.com  <April 26, 2016>