Rafael Dávila and Cristina Castaldi star in "Giovanna d'Arco (Joan of Arc)" at the Sarasota Opera.
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What a wonderful discovery this early Verdi opera was for me! I think the cast and orchestra did a superb job, especially Cristina Castaldi, who handled this fiendishly difficult role with beauty and finesse. What a joy it was to hear dynamic shading and wonderful floating tones instead of “loud, louder, and loudest” as one so often hears in this repertoire. Kudos!