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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Don Giovanni and Cosi fan tutte
21 Mar 2006

MOZART: Don Giovanni and Cosi fan tutte

This is an absolutely wonderful, live performance recording of two of Mozart’s best operas, Don Giovanni and Cosi fan tutte.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Don Giovanni and Cosi fan tutte

Cosi fan tutte: Cecilia Bartoli, Liliana Nikiteanu, Agnes Baltsa, Roberto Saccà, Oliver Widmer, Carlos Chausson
Don Giovanni: Rodney Gilfrey, László Polgár, Isabel Rey, Cecilia Bartoli, Roberto Saccà, Liliana Nikiteanu, Oliver Widmer, Matti Salminen
Chorus and Orchestra of the Zurich Opera House, Nikolaus Harnoncourt (cond.)

ArtHaus Musik 100 971 [4DVDs]

 

While they are performed in two different years (2000 and 2001, respectively), they are tied together in that they are performed by the Zurich Opera House conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt, and that the two female leads in the operas are performed by Cecilia Bartoli. The compilation includes 4 DVDs (2 for each opera) as well as a booklet for each opera, containing information on the composer and his work, on the opera itself, on the performance and the plot, and short biographies of the performers.

Both performances are exquisite in their presentations. The scenery, costumes, pageantry, and props are detailed and luxurious, while the singing and acting bring out the subtlety and complexity of the ensembles and the drama. Harnoncourt is well-known for his attention to detail and depth in his performances, and these two are no exception. The backdrop of the Zurich Opera House is glimpsed in the opening credits and when the camera zooms out to include the entire stage. Bartoli shines in these two performances, and this is her debut in the role of Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte. These are two well-performed Mozart operas by one of the greatest modern mezzo-sopranos, conducted by one of the undoubtedly greatest modern conductors.

Dr. Brad Eden
University of Nevada, Las Vegas

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