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Well, did he or didn’t he? Pull it off, I mean; the switch from tenor to the baritone role of Boccanegra? This production was recorded at La Scala when Domingo set out last year on what was rumoured to be a farewell tour. It’s a fairly gloomy production by Federico Tiezzi, with some of the tempi set by Daniel Barenboim in the pit, suitably slow. The stalwart Ferruccio Furlanetto (Fiesco) occasionally sounds tired, something that can’t be said of Anja Harteros as Amelia. With her attractively distinctive voice and strong stage presence, she almost steals the limelight, but not quite. It goes without saying that Domingo throws himself into the role with total mastery. But there’s no escaping, he remains a tenor, with tenor colouring and lacking the really low notes. Domingo is not the first tenor to assay a baritone role, and Caruso once sang on stage Colline’s bass coat aria. But this, too, remains a curiosity.

Richard Fawkes Read the full review on Agora Classica

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