[ Deutsche Grammophon Opera House / 3 CD Box Set ]
Release Date: Monday 1 May 2006
"Beautifully prepared and confidently performed with an ensemble finish that comes only from frequent teamwork" - The Metropolitan Opera Guide to Recorded Opera
Stendhal called it "a sublime mixture of wit and melancholy, which has no equal". Figaro is regarded by many as the most perfect opera ever composed. Beyond its endless intrigues and twists and turns of plot, it reveals a deep sense of humanity.
The strong international cast is expertly accompanied by the "taut ensemble and well-detailed playing"(Gramophone) of James Levine's Met Orchestra.
A supremely beautiful Kiri te Kanawe as the Countess, an original Susanna from Dawn Upshaw
Particularly strong: Thomas Hampson as the Count and Anne Sofie von Otter as Cherubino
Digital stereo recording from 1990 - watch out for those sound-effects!
3-CD set in Multipack