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Mozart: Lucio Silla / Schreier, Auger, Varady, Hager, Mozarteumorchester Salzburg

Release Date: 03/12/2013 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 001797202   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Edith MathisHelen DonathArleen AugérWerner Krenn,   ... 
Conductor:  Leopold Hager
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum OrchestraSalzburg Radio ChorusSalzburg Mozarteum Chorus
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Mozart was just 16 years old when he penned this opera seria in three acts in October of 1772. The work was written on a commission to open the Carnival Season at Milan’s Teatro Regio Ducal in December of that year. The libretto is by Metastasio with an extra scene added for Mozart's opera.


"In this performance of Lucio Silla, again in the very capable hands of Leopold Hager, there are many hints of the great operatic works to come in the style and complexity of the writing with only the opera seria form inhibiting ensembles. Peter Schreier sings clearly and with style in the title role and is distinct in timbre from the other tenor role of Aufidio sung somewhat nasally by Werner Krenn. Arleen Auger
Read more is outstanding as Giunia sailing through the high-flying vocal demands with style and distinction. She is nearly matched in these respects by Edith Mathis as Lucio Cinna. As Cecilio, the banished senator, a role taken at the premiere by the castrato Rauzzini for whom Mozart later wrote Exultate, jubilate, Julia Varady’s warm tones and excellent characterisation is outstanding. As Silla’s sister Celia, Helen Donath’s light silvery voice, whilst always stylish and expressive, is somewhat marred by poorish diction. Among many vocal gems in this opera, as realised by this excellent cast, my favourite is the long recitative and sung duet between Auger and Varady. At this point my thoughts went to Bellini and duets such as Mira o Norma as the voices blend and the decoration is so thoughtful and beautiful." - Robert J Farr, MusicWeb International - [excerpt from an essay about the opera.] Read less

Works on This Recording

Lucio Silla, K 135 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Edith Mathis (Soprano), Helen Donath (Soprano), Arleen Augér (Soprano),
Werner Krenn (Tenor), Julia Varády (Soprano), Peter Schreier (Tenor)
Conductor:  Leopold Hager
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra,  Salzburg Radio Chorus,  Salzburg Mozarteum Chorus
Period: Classical 
Written: 1772; Milan, Italy 
Length: 212 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: Italian 

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