- Edith Mathis (Mezzo Soprano)
- Alfred Pfeifle (Tenor)
- David Thaw (Tenor)
- Claire Watson (Soprano)
- Ingvar Wixell (Baritone)
- Deirdre Aselford (Soprano)
- Margarethe Bence (Mezzo Soprano)
- Walter Berry (Bass)
- Reri Grist (Soprano)
- Klaus Hirte (Bass)
- Zoltan Kelemen (Bass)
Notes & Reviews:
No other work written for the music theatre has been performed at the Salzburg Festival as often as 'Le Nozze di Figaro'. These performances in Salzburg were a task for great conductors, from Franz Schalk and Bruno Walter, Josef Krigs, Herbert von Karajan and Wilhelm Furtwangler to Lorin Maazel, Riccardo Muti and Nikolaus Harnoncourt. It is, however, Karl Bohm above all others who deserves to be singled out, who over many years has had a formative influence on the musical image of this opera from Vienna and Salzburg to Munich and New York. To this day Karl Bohm's performances of 'Figaro' and 'Cosi fan tutte' remain a vivid memory, and his recordings have set a standard.
Of the Almavivas and their entourage, Claire Watson's warm-toned and womanly Countess comes over well. She finds no difficulty with the tessitura of her two big arias whilst bringing expression and feeling to the emotions they convey (DVD 1 CH.18 and DVD 2 CH.10). Ingvar Wixell sings strongly as the Count, albeit overshadowed a little by his servant in terms of vocal strength. That lovely Mozartian Edith Mathis, as the young buck Cherubino, looks a little too feminine of face. She sings her two arias with great beauty and acts the role convincingly, particularly after entering Susanna's room via a window (DVD 1 CH 11-17) and then having to hide herself as the Count arrives. She graces both arias with tonal beauty and phrasing too rarely heard these days.
Mathis acts well and phrases Voi che sapete to perfection.
Run Time: 180 min.
Picture Format: NTSC, 4:3, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Mono,
Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Chinese
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Works DetailsMozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492
- Performers: Deirdre Aselford (Soprano); Margarethe Bence (Mezzo Soprano); Walter Berry (Bass); Reri Grist (Soprano); Klaus Hirte (Bass); Zoltan Kelemen (Bass); Edith Mathis (Mezzo Soprano); Alfred Pfeifle (Tenor); David Thaw (Tenor); Claire Watson (Soprano); Ingvar Wixell (Baritone)
- Conductor: Karl Böhm
- Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
- Period Time: Classical
- Form: Opera/Operetta
- Written: 1786
- Studio/Live: Live