W.H. Auden and Chester Kallman wrote an English translation of this piece specifically for this performance.W.H. Auden and Chester Kallman wrote an English translation of this piece specifically for this performance. Read less
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Arcifanfano, re de' mattiby Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf Performer:
Eleanor Steber (Soprano),
Patricia Brooks (Soprano),
Anna Russell (Soprano),
John McCollum (Tenor),
Joseph Sopher (),
Heinz Rehfuss (Baritone),
David Smith (Bass Baritone)
Clarion Music Society
Period: Classical Written: by 1776; Austria Date of Recording: 1965 Venue: Live New York Length: 131 Minutes 56 Secs. Language: English
Average Customer Review: ( 1 Customer Review )
The hardly known opera Arcifanfano: King of FoolsMay 7, 2012By Stephen Schoeman (Westfield, NJ)See All My Reviews" Ditters von Dittersdorf's opera "Arcifanfano: King of Fools" is a delightful opera filled with wonderful melodies and so reminds me of Mozart's "The Magic Flute". The opera makes the point that we are all crazy. Of course, I add, in varying degrees at various times! What could go wrong with an opera whose libretto has been translated by W. H. Auden and Chester Kallman?
An excellent cast and conductor.
Ditters von Dittersdorf is a much under appreciated classical composer who was a contemporary of Mozart and Hayden both of whom he knew.
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