Notes & Reviews:
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.
Thomas Allen (Count Almaviva), Kiri Te Kanawa (Countess Almaviva), Lucia Popp (Susanna), Samuel Ramey (Figaro), Frederica von Stade (Cherubino), Jane Berbié (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
"Kiri te Kanawa sings the Countess's aria with meltingly beautiful tone...The discreet flirtation with Cherubino...is done with some feeling...Thomas Allen is quite simply superb as the Count." -Gramophone
"The most enchanting of Susannas on record, Lucia Popp gives a sparkling and radiant performance. Crowning all is the Countess of Kiri Te Kanawa. With a superb, vivid recording, this now make a clear first choice for a much-recorded opera." -The Penguin Guide