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James A. Altena
Fanfare, September 2013

As the Countess, Te Kanawa is without peer; both vocally and visually, she is the very embodiment of noble feminine beauty and dignity…If Ileana Cotrubas and von Stade do have some peers respectively as Susanna and Cherubino, they have no superiors, and are worthy equals to Te Kanawa in this production. The lead male singers are very strong as well…Benjamin Luxon is…a sturdy vocal asset in Mozart, and a solid if not a particularly vivid stage presence. In the supporting roles, Marius Rintzler…brings his refulgent bass ably to bear as Bartolo…As Marcellina, Nucci Condo is satisfactory…John Fryatt is a superb Don Basilio and Elisabeth Gale a piece of luxury casting as Barbarina, while Thomas Lawlor as Antonio and Bernard Dickerson as Don Curzio fulfill their brief assignments ably.

With John Pritchard on the podium, one is assured of a thoroughly idiomatic and infectious account of the score…The sets and costumes are both stylish and beautiful…and the stage action elegantly plotted and executed. The quality of both the film and the recorded sound continue to hold up well…this is the only version that gets everything right; strongest possible recommendation. © 2013 Fanfare Read complete review

Richard Sininger
American Record Guide, September 2013

A great performance!

The great Mozartean John Pritchard conducts. He offers perfect pacing and accompaniment for this excellent cast. This is Figaro as it ought to be. © 2013 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Alan W. Petrucelli, June 2013

Le Nozze di Figaro, Mozart’s timeless opera buffa, is one of the greatest of all operatic masterpieces. This classic 1973 production by legendary director Peter Hall, features a host of renowned opera singers lead by Kiri Te Kanawa as the Countess, arguably her finest role and certainly the role that made her an international superstar. Knut Skram’s charming and charismatic take on the character of Figaro complements Cotruba’s gentle Susanna, and also noteworthy is the outstanding Frederica von Stade, celebrated for her performance as Cherubino. © 2013 Read complete review

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