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Mozart: The Da Ponte Operas / Pappano, Luisotti, Bychkov, Royal Opera House

Release Date: 08/24/2018 
Label:  Opus Arte   Catalog #: 1275  
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Rinat ShahamGraciela ArayaGerald FinleyMiah Persson,   ... 
Conductor:  Antonio PappanoNicola LuisottiSemyon Bychkov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden OrchestraRoyal Opera House Covent Garden ChorusRoyal Opera House Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 5 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

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Mozart’s trilogy of operas composed to librettos by Lorenzo Da Ponte delight and entertain audiences with their combination of sublime music and their mix of humor, romance and drama.

Cosi Fan Tutte, also known as ‘the school for lovers,’ stars a cast of young rising stars, conducted by Semyon Bychkov, in this 2016 production playfully set in a theatre. Kasper Holten’s production of Don Giovanni reveals the inner turmoil of the eponymous antihero, sung by Mariusz Kwiecien.

Erwin Schrott, Miah Persson and Gerald Finley star in David McVicar’s production of Le nozze di Figaro, one of the world’s most beloved
Read more operas."Kwiecien’s eloquently sung Giovanni heads a strong cast. Particularly impressive is Malin Byström’s Donna Anna, whose moving Non mi dir is addressed not to Don Ottavio but first to her dead father (via his bust) and then to Giovanni himself. Véronique Gens offers a sympathetic Donna Elvira, impassioned rather than hysterical in her inability to give up on Giovanni. Even in Leporello’s Catalogue Aria she embraces Giovanni, willing it not to be true. Alex Esposito’s resourceful Leporello also seems to be smitten by Giovanni, as is Elizabeth Watts’s lively, engaging Zerlina. Nicola Luisotti draws sensuous playing from the ROH orchestra, he and Paul Wingfield generating daring and witty dissonances in their keyboard continuo." (The Evening Standard - Giovanni) "…This success is no doubt also down to a shining cast: Corinne Winters’s rich-toned Fiordiligi contrasts with Angela Brower’s lighter lyrical Dorabella; Daniel Behle fetchingly adopts gentle head-tone colouring in Un Aura Amorosa and Alessio Arduini is a virile Guglielmo. Sabina Puertolas exudes street-smart confidence as Despina and Johannes Martin Kranzle delights in his role as social architect. Semyon Bychkov draws richly varied colours from the Royal Opera Orchestra, though occasionally favours slow tempos." (The Stage)
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Works on This Recording

Le nozze di Figaro, K 492 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Rinat Shaham (Soprano), Graciela Araya (Mezzo Soprano), Gerald Finley (Baritone),
Miah Persson (Soprano), Erwin Schrott (Bass), Dorothea Röschmann (Soprano)
Conductor:  Antonio Pappano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/2006 
Venue:  Royal Opera House, Covent Garden 
Don Giovanni, K 527 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Véronique Gens (Soprano), Mariusz Kwiecien (Baritone), Alex Esposito (Bass),
Malin Bystrom (Soprano), Antonio Poli (Tenor), Alexander Tsymbalyuk (Baritone),
Elizabeth Watts (Soprano)
Conductor:  Nicola Luisotti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Orchestra,  Royal Opera Chorus
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Prague 
Così fan tutte, K 588 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Angela Brower (Mezzo Soprano), Daniel Behle (Tenor), Alessio Arduini (Baritone)
Conductor:  Semyon Bychkov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera Chorus
Period: Classical 
Written: 1790; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 2016 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Impressive performances of the da Ponte operas February 19, 2019 By Stephen Seidman (State College, PA) See All My Reviews "The singing and acting in all three operas are uniformly excellent, as is the orchestral accompaniment. In my opinion, the Figaro production is the most dramatically convincing of the three. Cosi is a bit more problematic, as might be expected. The Giovanni production is harder to take; the cast does a remarkable job against a distracting stage set. The director's take on the story seems to be that Giovanni represents the common sensual desires of all women on stage (including Elvira's maid). It's an interesting though not completely convincing perspective. All in all, I highly recommend this set." Report Abuse
 Mozart : da Ponte Operas October 26, 2018 By Valerie C. (Umina Beach, NSW) See All My Reviews "So far have only watched La Nozze da Figaro. Glorious voices! I sat entranced the whole way through. If the other two measure up, I have purchased a treasure. Thank you, Arkiv." Report Abuse
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