Sydney Opera House, Sydney
June | 2021
"Credit goes to Italian conductor Lorenzo Passerini for his supervision of this large musical enterprise, but even more so for the brisk efficiency of his storytelling. Rest assured the sound was often gripping in the massed ensembles. The stage may have been on the small size but the compact mass of sound coming out into the auditorium and six fanfare trumpets in upper side balconies during the March, contributed in no small way to the production’s epic quality. Opera Australia’s Orchestra with too many fine players to list also perfectly conveyed the contrasting luxuriousness of desert nights."
operawire.com – Gordon Williams
"Finally, where would we be without a great orchestra? Opera Australia imported Italian Lorenzo Passerini to conduct our local musicians. His enthusiasm and control were clearly on display as our much-improved orchestra did full justice to the superb score."
jwire.com – Victor Grynberg
"If it were at all possible to add more "horsepower and octane" to Verdi's Aida, Opera Australia’s rendition has found a way. Director Davide Livermore and Conductor Lorenzo Passerini have risen to the challenge of supercharging one of history’s most-loved and oft-performed operas."
theplusones.com – Jeffrey Tripp
"Conductor Lorenzo Passerini adopted unrushed tempos at the start, drawing out magisterial moments of drama [...]."
The Sydney Morning Herald - Peter McCallum
"Under Conductor Lorenzo Passerini, a huge orchestra plays Verdi’s massive work with style and grace, even putting six trumpeters in the audience for a great rendition of the best-known tune."
stagewhispere.com - Frank Hatherley