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Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, K492
Christiane Oelze (Susanna), Huub Claessens (Figaro), Werner van Mechelen (Il Conte Almaviva), Patrizia Biccire (La Contessa Almaviva), Monica Groop (Cherubino), Béatrice Cramoix (Marcellina), Harry van der Kamp (Bartolo), Yves Saelens (Basilio), Philip Defrancq (Curzio), Guy Devienne (Antonio), Marie Kuijken (Barbarina)
Choeur de Chambre de Namur & La Petite Bande, Sigiswald Kuijken

Recorded live in 1998
In a letter to his father on 13 Oct 1781, Mozart wrote, ‘Why do Italian comic operas give such pleasure everywhere – in spite of their miserable libretti…?’ Because the music reigns supreme: when one listens to it all else is forgotten. Why an opera is sure of success when the plot is well worked out, the words written solely for the music and not shoved in here and there to suit some miserable rhyme… The best thing of all is when a good composer, who understands the stage and is talented enough to make sound suggestions, meets an able poet, that true phoenix.’Two years before he had met Lorenzo da Ponte, Mozart’s frustration with the present condition of opera had reached boiling point. The collaboration between the two men produced three of the greatest operas in the repertoire – Figaro, Don Giovanni and Così fan tutte. Adapting the second play in Beaumarchais’ trilogy, da Ponte skilfully navigated a risky path through the plot that had lead to Emperor Joseph II banning it. Themes of greedy aristocrats and officials lording it up over the common man who struggled to make ends meet was dangerous stuff when the French Revolution was being observed with horror by the crowned heads of Europe. Mindful of this, da Ponte produced a wonderful libretto, informing the Emperor of its revised ‘non-offensive’ content at every turn. Mozart was under no such constraints, and his wonderful score when set to da Ponte’s words restores the daring satire and social commentary of the play in perhaps the most perfect opera ever composed.

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