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"…In the castrato role of Oreste, Canadian-born mezzo Mary Ellen Nesi is a real find. The voice is expressive and handsome, and she has no trouble with the rapid passagework or with Handel's smoother lines that require a true legato. She is a singer to keep an eye on: even in our chock-full-of-good-mezzos time, she's worth hearing..."

Classics Today.com

"Vocally the performance is nearly dominated by the magnificent Teseo of mezzo Mary-Ellen Nesi. On this evidence, I can only express incredulity that Nesi has to date not hit the headlines in a very big way. Not only has the voice itself a full, lustrous quality, but it is superbly controlled across the range…while also capable of producing thrillingly accurate passaggi in bravura passages. The reprise of “Sdegnata sei” starts with an exquisite messa di voce, while throughout Nesi treats us to perfectly executed trills, and ornamentation of repeats that never transgress style or taste"

Fanfare

"The excellent mezzo-soprano Mary-Ellen Nesi as the Amazon leader Antiope is totally convincing dramatically, and her arias- standard Baroque items of rage, attempted suicide and grief-seem never generalized, always deeply motivated, excellently sung and musically direct"

Opera News

"Mary Ellen Nesi, singing the male part of the lover Andronico, wins over the public from the first note, receiving repeated applause for her warm mezzo voice, a register that strikes a chord in the heart of the listener. The sound flows absolutely naturally; she abandons herself to Handel's cadences and creates a living character with whom the audience can identify"

Tageszeitung

"Mary Ellen Nesi's performance is gentle, flexible, delicate, and with an inner light and enchanting timbre, turning the character of Andronico almost into the main role"

Münchner Merkur

"The towering figure of the opera is Mary-Ellen Nesi’s heroic Teseo"

Gramophone

"....Qualità impresse anche al cast. Il quale è dominato dal Polinesso di Mary-Ellen Nesi: dizione perfetta, accento strepitoso, bella voce, sicura linea di canto, coloratura sgranata ed espressiva"

Classic Voice

"...impressive presence … the excellent mezzo-soprano Mary-Ellen Nesi as the Amazon leader, Antiope"

Opera News

"Nella parte protagonista si e difesa con onore M-E Nesi, dotata di timbro morbido, gradevole, e adeguata sensibilita stilistica…"

L'Opera

"..The pick of them is the Canadian-born mezzo Mary-Ellen Nesi in the title role, equal to all the technical and musical demands of numbers written for two of Handel’s most outstanding virtuosos"

International Record Review

"She is rich-toned as at home in powerful accompanied recitative as in the semiquaver runs of "Piu d'una tigre"

Gramophone (Editor's Choice)

"…The soloists are of a good standard, but in the title-role the mezzo-soprano Mary-Ellen Nesi offers a really interesting and vocally consistent performance"

Handel.org

"… Belle école de chant baroque dominée par l'Oreste de Mary-Ellen Nesi, au timbre chaud et émouvant, aussi a l'aise dans la vaillance et la vocalise que dans la déploration…"

Classica Repertoire

"Mary-Ellen Nesi gibt dem Oreste gerade mit ihrem leicht belegt klingenden Mezzo expressives Timbre…"

Stereoplay

"Duée d’un beau legato, elle s’est aussi revelée une bonne technicienne dans les difficiles passages…"

Opera International

"Mary-Ellen Nesi led the cast rising to the demands of the title role with firm tone and secure coloratura"

Opera Now

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