"..the on-stage pianist disguised as another mental patient throughout, interacting hilariously with the rest of the cast while accompanying them.."
Bachtrack, Charlotte valori
"..Valeria Racco played the continuo for the recitatives on an on-stage piano – giving scope for a couple of humorous gags that were all the funnier for not being repeated too often"
Donizzetti Society, Clive Barda
"Donizetti, who wrote so many mad scenes, was probably having a joke at his own expense and Lloyd-Evans adds another: one inmate is an onstage pianist who forces everyone to sing their lines rather than speak them — as though you have to be mad to perform opera"