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Donald Macleod explores Mozart's relationship with his nemesis Antonio Salieri with a complete performance of the opera Der Schauspieldirektor, commissioned by Emperor Joseph II for a battle of the Italian and German opera companies in Vienna. But it was Mozart's relationship with the operatic genius librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte that proved more fruitful.

Playlist:

Der Schauspieldirektor
Magda Nador, Krisztina Laki (sopranos)
Thomas Hampson (baritone)
Harry van der Kamp (bass)
Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam
Nikolaus Harnoncourt (conductor)

Marriage of Figaro (finale)
Figaro ...... Bryn Terfel (baritone)
Susanna ...... Alison Hagley (soprano)
Count Almaviva ...... Rodney Gilfry (baritone)
Countess Almaviva ...... Hillevi Martinpelto (soprano)
Cherubino ...... Pamela Helen Stephen (mezzo-soprano)
Marcellina ...... Susan McCulloch (mezzo-soprano)
Bartolo ...... Carlos Feller (bass)
Basilio ...... Francis Egerton (tenor)
Antonio ...... Julian Clarkson (bass)
Barbarina ...... Lucinda Houghton (soprano)
The Monteverdi Choir
The English Baroque Soloists
John Eliot Gardiner (conductor)

Ch'io mi Scordi di Te
Christine Schafer (soprano)
Maria Joao Pires (piano)
Berlin Philharmonic
Claudio Abbado (conductor)

Release date:

1 hour

Last on

Wed 5 Dec 2007 20:45

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