Mozart: Cosi fan tutte, Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail & Le nozze di Figaro (5DVD)

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Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Various Artists

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These three facets in the prism of Mozart’s operatic genius shine in Glyndebourne’s typically thought-provoking productions, featuring skilled singer–actors buoyed by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment’s luminous period sound. Nicholas Hytner’s beautiful, ‘shockingly traditional’ production of Così fan tutte frames artful performances teased by Iván Fischer from an outstanding international cast of convincing young lovers. Michael Grandage’s staging of Le nozze di Figaro is Glyndebourne’s seventh in a line stretching back to the company’s 1934 début production. Marshalled by the ‘ideal pacing’ of Robin Ticciati, a youthful cast of principals has ‘no weak link’ and ‘looks gorgeous’ (The Sunday Times). David McVicar’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail offers a ‘mesmerising, sensitive ... outstanding’ portrayal of Enlightenment-era fascination with the East that is both ‘exquisitely acted and sung’ (The Guardian), and Ticciati leads the OAE through a restored, authentic rendition of the critical score with ‘lovely fizz’ and ‘poignant gravitas’. (The Independent). Recorded in true Surround Sound. 'Glorious orchestral playing and magnificent singing under Iván Fischer' ( Cosi fan tutte - BBC Music Magazine). 'Finely conducted by Robin Ticciati, McVicar’s production of Mozart’s Turkish comedy is a vocal and visual treat.' (Die Entführung - The Stage). '... this is a Figaro of rare grace, naturalness and charm.' (Le Nozze di Figaro - The Daily Telegraph).


Mozart: Così fan tutte, K588

The Glyndebourne Chorus & Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Miah Persson (Fiordiligi), Anke Vondung (Dorabella), Ainhoa Garmendia (Despina), Topi Lehtipuu (Ferrando), Luca Pisaroni (Guglielmo), Nicolas Rivenq (Don Alfonso)

Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail, K384

The Glyndebourne Chorus & Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Sally Matthews (Konstanze), Edgaras Montvidas (Belmonte), Tobias Kehrer (Osmin), Mari Eriksmoen (Blonde), Brenden Gunnell (Pedrillo) & Franck Saurel (Pasha Selim)

Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, K492

The Glyndebourne Chorus & Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Robin Ticciati (conductor), Michael Grandage (director)
Sally Matthews (Countess Almaviva), Vito Priante (Figaro), Audun Iversen (Count Almaviva), Lydia Teuscher (Susanna), Isabel Leonard (Cherubino), Andrew Shore (Bartolo), Ann Murray (Marcellina), Alan Oke (Don Basilio), Nicholas Folwell (Antonio), Colin Judson (Don Curzio), Sarah Shafer (Barbarina)