*2017 ECHO Klassik “Best Opera Recording” (works up to and through 17th/18th century)*

After Don Giovanni, Così fan tutte and Die Entführung aus dem Serail this is the forth of DGs series of seven Mozart operas conducted by Yannick Nezet-Seguin, and initiated by Rolando Villazon, in collaboration with U-Live, Festspielhaus Baden Baden and with the generous support of ROLEX.

Recorded with a stellar cast with stars in every role, one of the brightest and most insightful conductors of our day and a specialist handpicked orchestra playing at their best in the stunning venue of Festspielhaus Baden-Baden (July 2015).

Yannick Nezet-Seguin’s completely gripping, high-contrast Figaro is a brilliant triumph, wrote Badische Zeitung of the July 2015 concert performance recorded here, while heaping praise on Luca Pisaroni’s thrilling Figaro, Thomas Hampsons Count illuminating every word, Sonya Yonchevas Countess recalling Callas vocal colours, Angela Brower’s fascinatingly delicate, sensitive Cherubino and Anne Sofie von Otters wonderfully perceptive, charming Marcellina, all in a performance crowned by Christiane Kargs enchanting Susanna and Rolando Villazon as Basilio, who had the audience at his feet.

The opera appears consistently among the top ten in the Operabase list of most frequently performed operas.

Soloists: Thomas Hampson, Sonya Yoncheva, Christiane Karg, Angela Brower, and Rolando Villazón.
Conductor: Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Vocalensemble Rastatt

  • Audio CD (July 8, 2016)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B01E6IG0GY