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Nozze di Figaro 1994Edinburgh International Festival

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Sir Charles Mackerras was by now developing the strong relationship with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra which lasted until his death in 2010, with most of Mozart’s mature works being recorded in connection with concert performances. The casting includes some interesting doublings – Basilio and Curzio (both were originally played by Michael Kelly) are nicely differentiated by Ryland Davies. Bartolo and Antonio are sung by the same bass, and more unusual still, the two bridesmaids in the chorus at the end of the third act are sung by Cherubino and Barbarina. Mackerras conducted Figaro at regular intervals through his career, and he was particularly well regarded for having started to introduce authentic style and performance practice from the 1960s when he conducted a new production at Sadler’s Wells. His reading, and the playing of the SCO, sound wonderfully natural. The recording is a fitting souvenir of the event.

Performance Cast

Figaro the Count's valet

Alastair Miles

Susanna the Countess's maid

Nuccia Focile

Cherubino the Count's page

Susanne Mentzer

Count Almaviva

Alessandro Corbelli

Bartolo a doctor, the Countess's former guardian

Alfonso Antoniozzi

Marcellina Bartolo's housekeeper

Suzanne Murphy

Don Basilio a priest and music master

Ryland Davies

Countess Almaviva

Carol Vaness

Antonio a gardener, Susanna's uncle

Alfonso Antoniozzi

Don Curzio a lawyer

Ryland Davies

Barbarina daugher of Antonio

Rebecca Evans

First Peasant Girl

Rebecca Evans

Second Peasant Girl

Susanne Mentzer

Performance DatesNozze di Figaro 1994

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Usher Hall | Edinburgh

15 Aug, 19.30

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