Le Nozze di Figaro

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Il Conte di Almaviva Paul Schöffler
La Contessa di Almaviva Lisa Della Casa
Susanne Irmgard Seefried 
Figaro Erich Kunz
Cherubino Sena Jurinac
Marcellina Rosette Anday
Bartolo Oskar Czerwenka
Basilio Murray Dickie
Don Curzio William Wernigh 
Barbarina Anny Felbermayer 
Antonio Walter Berry

Wiener Staatsopernchor – Wiener Philharmoniker
Conductor Karl Böhm

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Walter Berry reflected in an interview in 1985, ‘we played in the Theater an der Wien (during the rebuilding of the Vienna State Opera) and we developed a certain style, a Mozart style which was connected very much to the singers of that time … this was an incredible ensemble’. Harold Rosenthal, Editor of Opera magazine, described the staged performance at London’s Royal Festival Hall on 13 September 1954 as ‘a sheer delight’, highlighting the performances of Erich Kunz (Figaro) and Sena Jurinac (Cherubino), while Irmgard Seefried (Susanna) was ‘one of the joys of this recording’ (George Hall). These Richard Itter tapes of the live broadcast have never been released before, and the superb recording fully captures the atmosphere in this light-footed performance in a packed Royal Festival Hall to perfection.

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