'It conjures a fascinating post-Britten sound-world (shades of the supernatural in A Midsummer Night’s Dream) that seduces the ear with lyrical shadows and silken strings, while carrying the pungency of timeless drama.'
The Sunday Telegraph
'Taken from a 1981 BBC tape, this is a fine example of ENO at one of its peaks, with the orchestra playing with passion and precision for Mark Elder and a cast of fine singers using Hugh Macdonald's excellent translation.'
BBC Music Magazine 'Bellini’s opera Il pirata may be rarely performed, but it was famously recorded in 1959 with a cast led by Maria Callas. Now soprano Carmen Giannattasio is stepping into her shoes'
'... it’s so demanding – for both the soprano and tenor roles – it’s not so often performed now. It’s scary for everyone – my colleague tenor José Bros and I had a fantastic time but at the same time we’d look at each other after we’d sung particular sections thinking ‘We’ve done it!’