Performances and recordings of Cherubini’s operas, apart from Médée, remain rare, which makes this a welcome issue.
It must have been exciting and stimulating to take part in the first ever performance of an opera by a composer of the stature of Cherubini. Bearing in mind that Klagenfurt is an Austrian city with a population of only around one hundred thousand, to have an opera company capable of such a performance as generally consistently satisfactory as that we have here is a remarkable feat…the singers are all stylish in their approach and seem thoroughly at home in the music. The three leading characters are sharply defined and sung with real assurance. The contribution of the orchestra throughout is outstanding.