Radio 3 Guide to the Opera
Presented by Martin Handley
Sir Colin Davis conducts an exceptional recording of one of Mozart's wittiest operas, with a superlative cast, including Kiri Te Kanawa and Agnes Baltsa. Davis's finely polished account of the score deftly balances the humanity, irony, pain and humour of Da Ponte's complex battle of the sexes.
When two army officers claim to be certain that their fiancés will be eternally faithful, Don Alfonso cannot resist the urge to prove them wrong. It will take him only a day, he claims, to prove that these - like all women - are fickle. His wager is accepted, and from then on, things get complicated.
Ferrando ..... Stuart Burrows
Guglielmo ..... Thomas Allan
Don Alfonso ..... Richard Van Allan
Fiordiligi ..... Kiri Te Kanawa
Dorabella ..... Agnes Baltsa
Despina ..... Daniela Mazzucato
Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Conducted by Colin Davis.