FEBRUARY - MARCH
SIDNEY, Opera House
Charles Gounod, Faust
MADRID, Teatro Real
Un ballo in maschera
Nicola Luisotti, Lorenzo Passerini, conductors
Symphonic concert with the Toscanini Orchestra of PARMA
MOSCOW, Tchaikovsky Hall
Lucia di Lammermoor
"[...] The same attention to detail can be perceived in another of the strengths of this Turin Tosca, which revealed Lorenzo Passerini’s young baton. Passerini is a colleague of Nicola Luisotti and arrived for the first four performances of the ten on the billboard to replace the expected Daniel Oren. Conducting a splendid Orchestra (and the excellent Choir instructed by Andrea Secchi, and the Regio and Turin Conservatory Children’s choir prepared by Claudio Fenoglio), Passerini’s direction immediately imposes to create a dense but not oppressive orchestral setting. He was assisted by prominent voices, which could withstand the weight of orchestration of a distinct symphonic approach, with accurate care and sometimes rich details. From the beginning of the orchestral chords to the Opera’s opening, we can see how Passerini has a vivid colour-rich Tosca sound in his head. This is true, even when the orchestral bow strokes become softer and more sensual during Tosca and Cavaradossi’s duet; when Te Deumis simultaneously grandiose and solemnly sharp; when the second act’s climate of authoritarian oppression is managed with pressing tension and when the last act’s Roman dawn provides the right sound lightness that the moment requires. Passerini possesses a conductor’s talent which should be followed with great interest and, given his young age, his maturity of purpose amazes.
Alessandro Mormile, L’OPERA | Novembrer2019
"[...] Finally, unreserved praise goes to 28-year-old Lorenzo Passerini, who, well supported by orchestra and choir, was catapulted to the podium at the last minute replacing Daniel Oren and firmly ruled the ensemble, with character and talent which deserves future attention."
Giorgio Rampone, MUSICA | November2019