Mozart: Le Nozze Di Figaro / Solti

Album cover art for upc 028947830627
Label: DECCA
Catalog: 4783062
Format: CD

Thomas Allen (Count Almaviva), Kiri Te Kanawa (Countess Almaviva), Lucia Popp (Susanna), Samuel Ramey (Figaro), Frederica von Stade (Cherubino), Jane BerbiƩ (Marcellina), Kurt Moll (Doctor Bartolo), Robert Tear (Don Basilio), Philip Langridge (Don Curzio), Yvonne Kenny (Barbarina), Giorgio Tadeo (Antonio) & Lynda Russell, Anne Mason (Two girls) London Opera Chorus & London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Georg Solti

One of Decca's great opera recordings with an outstanding international cast under the direction of Sir Georg Solti is now available as a limited-edition hardback book and marks the 40th anniversary of Kiri Te Kanawa's first portrayal of the Countess at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, on 1 December 1971. The recording was made in 1981 and quickly won enthusiastic praise from the critics: "Solti's effervescent new version of Figaro ... crowning all is the Countess of Kiri Te Kanawa, producing ravishing tone, flawless phrasing and elegant ornamentation throughout. With superb, vivid recording this now makes an excellent first choice." The Penguin Guide The full libretto is included in Italian / English / French / German A new article entitled "Kiri and the Countess" by opera writer and critic George Hall reasseses Kiri Te Kanawa as an outstanding Mozartian and charts her early career. Recording session pictures are included in the book. Synopsis also included

Price: $49.98