"Mike del Ferro toured South-Africa 40 times and Japan 12 times."Gooi en Eemlander, 19-10-2016
Giuseppe Verdi is viewed as one of the most important, and most popular, opera composers of Italy. Few composers knew how to balance artistic ideals and commericial interersts like him. He was a composer of 'hits', like his "La donna è mobile" from his opera Rigoletto and his "Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves" from his opera Nabucco, and he was careful not to have his audience feel bored at any moment. Especially his early works are characterised by strongly propelling, rhytmic power. A common example is his Il Trovatore. Yet, Verdi was also a composer with ideals. If he would get intrigued by a character, it became his mission to portray to persona as best as he could in the music. This sometimes meant he was forced to alter or neglect traditional opera forms, like he did in Rigoletto. He was not afraid to touch on socially sensitive matters, which at times led to issues with the establishment. For instance, his opera La traviata turned out to be a controversial one, due to its courtesan heroine. Verdi never engaged in the intellectual discussions on music of his time. He pretended to be a simple man who felt most at home in the countryside. Nonetheless, with the masterful fugal ending of his last opera Falstaff he undoubtedly showed his intellectual level of composing.
Mike del Ferro toured South-Africa 40 times and Japan 12 times.
Gooi en Eemlander, 19-10-2016
"But Del Ferro found that he could make a nice samba from it."
"Del Ferro made a samba from it."
Jazz Bulletin, 01-9-2016
" [...] This album is, despite the couple of missteps, that are pretty normal with an experiment, definetly worth to listen to. [...] "
Italian Opera Meets Jazz is what the title says: A crossover with Jazz, luckily for jazzpianist Del Ferro there is enough space to improvise.
Piano wereld, 01-7-2016
"[...] Claron McFadden proved once again that her musical hero Sarah Vaughn is deep in her heart and her voice. [...]"
"[...] McFadden took the star role, beautiful harmonies were heard from the piano of Mike del Ferro and again there were those strings, wherefor my superlatives amply inadequate [...]"
Place de l'Opera, 09-5-2016