Ekaterina Gubanova

Mezzo-Soprano

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Opera Gala: Live from Baden-Baden

Opera Gala: Live from Baden-Baden


Bizet:

L'amour est un oiseau rebelle 'Habanera' (from Carmen)

Ekaterina Gubanova (mezzo)

Bock, J:

If I were a rich man (from Fiddler on the Roof)

Bryn Terfel (bass-baritone)

Boito:

Son lo Spirito che nega (from Mefistofele)

Bryn Terfel (bass-baritone)

Cilea:

Acerba volutta (from Adriana Lecouvreur)

Ekaterina Gubanova (mezzo)

L'anima ho stanca (from Adriana Lecouvreur)

Jonas Kaufmann (tenor)

Gounod:

Le veau d'or est toujours debout (from Faust)

Bryn Terfel (bass-baritone)

Lehár:

Dein ist mein ganzes Herz (from Das Land des Lächelns)

Jonas Kaufmann (tenor)

Mascagni:

Son pochi fiori (from L'Amico Fritz)

Anja Harteros (soprano)

Tu qui, Santuzza? (from Cavalleria Rusticana)

Ekaterina Gubanova (mezzo), Jonas Kaufmann (tenor)

Voi lo sapete o mamma (from Cavalleria rusticana)

Ekaterina Gubanova (mezzo)

Puccini:

Vissi d'arte (from Tosca)

Anja Harteros (soprano)

E lucevan le stelle (from Tosca)

Jonas Kaufmann (tenor)

Rota, N:

The Godfather theme

Jonas Kaufmann (tenor)

Verdi:

Giá nella notte densa (from Otello)

Anja Harteros (soprano), Jonas Kaufmann (tenor)

Ella giammai m'amò (from Don Carlo)

Bryn Terfel (bass-baritone)

O don fatale (from Don Carlo)

Ekaterina Gubanova (mezzo)

Tu che le vanità (from Don Carlo)

Anja Harteros (soprano)

Morrò, ma prima in grazia (from Un Ballo in Maschera)

Anja Harteros (soprano)

Wagner:

Dich, teure Halle (from Tannhauser)

Anja Harteros (soprano)


Badische Staatskapelle, Marco Armiliato

The Festspiel-Saison at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden culminated with Jonas Kaufmann, Bryn Terfel, Anja Harteros and Ekaterina Gubanova all on stage in this magnificent Opera Gala. The gala presented a diverse range of solo-arias and duets. Among the highlights, included works from Puccini’s ‘Tosca’, Verdi’s ‘Otello’ and Mascagni’s ‘Cavalleria rusticana’. Sony Classical are pleased to see this final concert from the Opera Gala come to life on this DVD and Blu-ray release, a must-have for any opera fanatic.

“The playing of the Badische Staatskapelle is decent – with excellent contributions from a busy principal cellist – and Marco Armiliato keeps everything ticking along well…there’s enough quality here to make this well worth seeking out” Gramophone Magazine, February 2017

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Opera Gala: Live from Baden-Baden

Opera Gala: Live from Baden-Baden


Bizet:

L'amour est un oiseau rebelle 'Habanera' (from Carmen)

Ekaterina Gubanova (mezzo)

Bock, J:

If I were a rich man (from Fiddler on the Roof)

Bryn Terfel (bass-baritone)

Boito:

Son lo Spirito che nega (from Mefistofele)

Bryn Terfel (bass-baritone)

Cilea:

Acerba volutta (from Adriana Lecouvreur)

Ekaterina Gubanova (mezzo)

L'anima ho stanca (from Adriana Lecouvreur)

Jonas Kaufmann (tenor)

Gounod:

Le veau d'or est toujours debout (from Faust)

Bryn Terfel (bass-baritone)

Lehár:

Dein ist mein ganzes Herz (from Das Land des Lächelns)

Jonas Kaufmann (tenor)

Mascagni:

Son pochi fiori (from L'Amico Fritz)

Anja Harteros (soprano)

Tu qui, Santuzza? (from Cavalleria Rusticana)

Ekaterina Gubanova (mezzo), Jonas Kaufmann (tenor)

Voi lo sapete o mamma (from Cavalleria rusticana)

Ekaterina Gubanova (mezzo)

Puccini:

Vissi d'arte (from Tosca)

Anja Harteros (soprano)

E lucevan le stelle (from Tosca)

Jonas Kaufmann (tenor)

Rota, N:

The Godfather theme

Jonas Kaufmann (tenor)

Verdi:

Giá nella notte densa (from Otello)

Anja Harteros (soprano), Jonas Kaufmann (tenor)

Ella giammai m'amò (from Don Carlo)

Bryn Terfel (bass-baritone)

O don fatale (from Don Carlo)

Ekaterina Gubanova (mezzo)

Tu che le vanità (from Don Carlo)

Anja Harteros (soprano)

Morrò, ma prima in grazia (from Un Ballo in Maschera)

Anja Harteros (soprano)

Wagner:

Dich, teure Halle (from Tannhauser)

Anja Harteros (soprano)


Badische Staatskapelle, Marco Armiliato

The Festspiel-Saison at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden culminated with Jonas Kaufmann, Bryn Terfel, Anja Harteros and Ekaterina Gubanova all on stage in this magnificent Opera Gala. The gala presented a diverse range of solo-arias and duets. Among the highlights, included works from Puccini’s ‘Tosca’, Verdi’s ‘Otello’ and Mascagni’s ‘Cavalleria rusticana’. Sony Classical are pleased to see this final concert from the Opera Gala come to life on this DVD and Blu-ray release, a must-have for any opera fanatic.

“The playing of the Badische Staatskapelle is decent – with excellent contributions from a busy principal cellist – and Marco Armiliato keeps everything ticking along well…there’s enough quality here to make this well worth seeking out” Gramophone Magazine, February 2017

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Bellini: Norma

Bellini: Norma

Recorded live at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona, February 2015


Sondra Radvanovsky (Norma), Gregory Kunde (Pollione), Ekaterina Gubanova (Adalgisa), Raymond Aceto (Oroveso), Ana Puche (Clotilde) & Francisco Vas (Flavio)

Symphony Orchestra & Chorus of the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Renato Palumbo (conductor) & Kevin Newbury (stage director)

David Korins, set designer

Jessica Jahn, costume designer

D.M. Wood, lighting designer

“If we weep from emotion on hearing it, it’s nothing to be ashamed of” Richard Wagner on Bellini’s most famous opera Norma, the most successful work by the last and greatest composer of bel canto. This new production of Norma, directed by Grammy Award-nominated opera, theatre and film director Kevin Newbury and starring Sondra Radvanovsky as a “powerful, elegant” Norma (New York Times) and Gregory Kunde as Pollione, is “something very special. The word ‘historic’ is used perhaps a little too often but tonight there really is no other adjective to describe the sensational performances offered to us by Sondra Radvanovsky and Gregory unde.” (operatraveller.com)

Radvanovsky’s performance as Norma has been the fixed point of Newbury’s staging as it has travelled from San Francisco where it opened in September 2014, to Barcelona, and on to Chicago and Toronto, and was enthusiastically received from the off: British Opera magazine described her as “fearless in scaling the heights of this bel canto challenge. Her range of colours, from smoky to crystalline, and her authority [...] were wondrous and energizing, starting with a consummately phrased ‘Casta Diva’”.

Picture format: 1080i High Definition

Sound format: PCM Stereo / DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Region code: 0 (worldwide)

Subtitles: Italian, German, English, Catalan, French, Spanish, Korean, Japanese

Running time: 176 mins

No. of Discs: 1 (BD 50)

“[Radvanovsky’s] ‘Casta diva’ is dispatched with juicy flair, but it’s in the preceding lines tht the soprano really shows her mettle. Here Radvanovsky astutely establishes Norma’s divided loyalties rather than affecting to channel the voice of divine ‘Irminsul’” Gramophone Magazine, December 2016

“This probably now takes the lead as the finest version of Norma available on film.” MusicWeb International, 9th February 2017

“Radvanovsky’s soprano is indeed a mettlesome instrument, sizeable, colourful, extremely well grounded – each of her finespun, long-sustained high pianissimos is a pleasure to hear – and its possessor certainly knows how to command the stage.” Opera, May 2017

“Sondra Radvonovsky and Ekaterina Gubanova blend well in the lead female roles.” Opera Now, December 2016 ***

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Bellini: Norma

Bellini: Norma

Recorded live at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona, February 2015


Sondra Radvanovsky (Norma), Gregory Kunde (Pollione), Ekaterina Gubanova (Adalgisa), Raymond Aceto (Oroveso), Ana Puche (Clotilde) & Francisco Vas (Flavio)

Symphony Orchestra & Chorus of the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Renato Palumbo (conductor) & Kevin Newbury (stage director)

David Korins, set designer

Jessica Jahn, costume designer

D.M. Wood, lighting designer

“If we weep from emotion on hearing it, it’s nothing to be ashamed of” Richard Wagner on Bellini’s most famous opera Norma, the most successful work by the last and greatest composer of bel canto. This new production of Norma, directed by Grammy Award-nominated opera, theatre and film director Kevin Newbury and starring Sondra Radvanovsky as a “powerful, elegant” Norma (New York Times) and Gregory Kunde as Pollione, is “something very special. The word ‘historic’ is used perhaps a little too often but tonight there really is no other adjective to describe the sensational performances offered to us by Sondra Radvanovsky and Gregory unde.” (operatraveller.com)

Radvanovsky’s performance as Norma has been the fixed point of Newbury’s staging as it has travelled from San Francisco where it opened in September 2014, to Barcelona, and on to Chicago and Toronto, and was enthusiastically received from the off: British Opera magazine described her as “fearless in scaling the heights of this bel canto challenge. Her range of colours, from smoky to crystalline, and her authority [...] were wondrous and energizing, starting with a consummately phrased ‘Casta Diva’”.

Picture format: NTSC 16:9

Sound format: PCM Stereo / DTS 5.1

Region code: 0 (worldwide)

Subtitles: Italian, German, English, Catalan, French, Spanish, Korean, Japanese

Running time: 176 mins

No. of DVDs: 2 (DVD 9)

“[Radvanovsky’s] ‘Casta diva’ is dispatched with juicy flair, but it’s in the preceding lines tht the soprano really shows her mettle. Here Radvanovsky astutely establishes Norma’s divided loyalties rather than affecting to channel the voice of divine ‘Irminsul’” Gramophone Magazine, December 2016

“Radvanovsky’s soprano is indeed a mettlesome instrument, sizeable, colourful, extremely well grounded – each of her finespun, long-sustained high pianissimos is a pleasure to hear – and its possessor certainly knows how to command the stage.” Opera, May 2017

“Sondra Radvonovsky and Ekaterina Gubanova blend well in the lead female roles.” Opera Now, December 2016 ***

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Wagner: Das Rheingold

Wagner: Das Rheingold


René Pape (Wotan), Nikolai Putilin (Alberich), Stephan Rügamer (Loge), Ekaterina Gubanova (Fricka), Viktoria Yastrebova (Freia), Zlata Bulycheva (Erda), Andrei Popov (Mime), Evgeny Nikitin (Fafner), Mikhail Petrenko (Fafner), Sergei Semishkur (Froh), Alexei Markov (Donner), Zhanna Dombrovskaya (Woglinde), Irina Vasilieva (Wellgunde), Ekaterina Sergeeva (Flosshilde)

Mariinsky Orchestra, Valéry Gergiev

In September 2013 the Mariinsky label releases the highly anticipated second instalment of Richard Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen conducted by Valery Gergiev. Recorded in the sumptuous acoustic of the Mariinsky Concert Hall, Das Rheingold is led by René Pape in the role of Wotan. Pape is ably supported by an international Wagnerian cast, and ‘Gergiev’s absolute mastery of this orchestra,’ (Wagner News) is in evidence once again in a tremendously dramatic performance. Siegfried and Götterdämmerung will complete the cycle in 2014.

Der Ring des Nibelungen was the pinnacle of Richard Wagner’s long and turbulent career and without question one of the greatest achievements in opera. Wagner wanted to create the perfect synthesis of music and drama and assumed total creative control of the project which was to take him 26 years to complete, with frequent interruptions. He introduced numerous innovations, not least the sheer scale of the project – typically a complete performance will last in excess of 15 hours, spread over four evening. No other opera matches the scale or ambition of the Ring.

The Mariinsky Theatre has close connections with Wagner and his music. The composer conducted at the theatre and was even offered the post of Music Director. It is also believed to be the first place where any of the music from the Ring was performed. Since Valery Gergiev became Music Director of the Mariinsky, Wagner’s music has once again become a core part of the theatre’s repertoire, both in St Petersburg and on tour.

“Gergiev tackles Wagner with the same excitement he brings to all his music-making. With that intensity comes a waywardness, usually concerning tempi...The orchestra is superb. All told this is a characterful and compelling account.” The Observer, 1st September 2013

“[Gergiev] draws plenty of vivid drama and glowing colour from the Mariinsky players, particularly the uniquely silken but powerful brass...Mikhail Petrenko and Evgeny Nikitin [make a] rich-voiced pair of giants, a splendid characterisation...the women...are really impressive. Stephan Rugamer shows how much a truly lyrical Loge can make of his music.” BBC Music Magazine, November 2013 ****

“[Pape's] superbly well-sung performance is far from monotonously dignified...there are no weak links in this cast: Fricka, Loge, Fasolt and Fafner are all as good as any of the recently recorded rivals you might care to name...the uniquely euphoric spirit of The Ring's prelude emerges with irresistable conviction as the compelling drama unfolds.” Gramophone Magazine, November 2013

“[Pape] is a singer in the Wagnerian lyric bass mode rather than the more conventional heroic bass-baritone. Even so, he has no difficulty with the high notes. His pointing of the text often pays dividends..in the casting of the two giants the Mariinsky does not disappoint...Markov is a magnificent Donner, sending out his challenge to the thunder in ringing tones.” MusicWeb International, 18th November 2013

“Gergiev conducts a swift reading in this performance – this Rhine is in full flood...Pape’s Wotan is pretty magisterial...Gubanova is a solid Fricka, sounding younger and less hectoring than many...The Rhinemaidens are forthright, almost cheerful; Ekaterina Sergeeva’s even mezzo is particularly attractive as Flosshilde.” Opera Now ***

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Szymanowski: Symphonies Nos 3 & 4 & Stabat Mater

Szymanowski: Symphonies Nos 3 & 4 & Stabat Mater


Szymanowski:

Symphony No. 3 'The Song of the Night', Op. 27

Toby Spence (tenor)

Symphony No. 4, Op. 60 (Sinfonia Concertante)

Denis Matsuev (piano)

Stabat Mater, Op. 53

Sally Matthews (soprano), Ekaterina Gubanova (mezzo) & Kostas Smoriginas (baritone)

with London Symphony Chorus


This second, star-studded instalment of Gergiev’s Szymanowski cycle features Toby Spence as soloist in the Third Symphony, ‘Song of the Night’ and internationally renowned pianist, Denis Matsuev in the virtuosic ‘Symphonie concertante’, Symphony No 4. Szymanowski’s deeply personal choral work, 'Stabat Mater', completes the cycle and stars Sally Matthews and Ekaterina Gubanova, and introduces the young baritone, Kostas Smoriginas to LSO Live listeners.

For decades Szymanowski’s music was rarely heard outside Poland. Today, he is recognised as one of Poland’s greatest musical figures. His desire to embody the music of his native land and his incorporation of the folkloric sounds of the Polish mountains make his orchestral works a must for anyone with an interest in Polish culture and music.

Szymanowski’s Third Symphony is a musical setting of a 13th-century poem written during his second, Franco-Arabic period and combines the influences of Wagner, Chopin and Scriabin. The 'Stabat Mater' is derived from poet Józef Jankowski’s translation of the medieval poem about the grieving mother of Christ. Symphony No 4, one of Szymanowski’s last compositions, was dedicated to Arthur Rubinstein and is a piano concerto in all but name.

In September Valery Gergiev will travel to Rotterdam for the Rotterdam Phiharmonic Gergiev Festival, before opening The Met season with 'Eugene Onegin'. In October Gergiev will commence his Berlioz cycle with the LSO, with performances in the UK, Germany, France and Austria.

“The [Stabat Mater] is beautiful and Gergiev has the full measure of its 23 gorgeous minutes.” MusicWeb International, 3rd October 2013

“Matsuev has his feet...firmly planted on terra firma, the edgier writing displaying more of a kinship with Bartok until the gorgeous return to lushness in the second movement suggests an almost Ravelian sensibility. Certainly Matsuev and Gergiev go all out to turn the finale into Szymanowski's danse generale.” Gramophone Magazine, November 2013

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Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K620

Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K620


René Pape (Sarastro), Genia Kühmeier (Pamina), Paul Groves (Tamino), Diana Damrau (Queen of the Night), Inga Kalna (First Lady), Karine Deshayes (Second Lady), Ekaterina Gubanova (Third Lady), Christian Gerhaher (Papageno), Irena Bespalovaite (Papagena), Franz Grundheber (Speaker), Burkhard Ulrich (Monostatos), Franz Grundheber (Priest), Simon O’Neill (Man in Armour), Peter Loehle (Man in Armour) & Xavier Mas (Priest

Members of the Vienna Boys Choir, Wiener Staatsopernchor & Wiener Philharmoniker, Riccardo Muti (conductor), Pierre Audi (director)

Unsurpassed Mozartian Riccardo Muti conducts the Vienna Philharmonic and a superb cast in an outstanding performance of Pierre Audi's fantastic, colourful production of Mozart's sublime 'singspiel'. The cast is led by the superb German Bass René Pape, who has made the role of the priest Sarastro his own, and the remarkable coloratura soprano Diana Damrau, who brings fire and accuracy to the vocal pyrotechnics of The Queen Of The Night.

Subtitles: ENG, FR, SP, CH

“A winning cast...Amazing.” New York Times

“Gerhaher's beautifully enunciated Papageno and Kuhmeier's text-conscious Pamina have vocal class but they are given little to do as actors. Muti shapes good playing with po-faced grandeur .” Gramophone Magazine, May 2015

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Wagner: Die Walküre

Wagner: Die Walküre

Live Recording from The Teatro Alla Scala, Milan, 2010


Simon O’Neill (Siegmund), John Tomlinson (Hunding), Vitalij Kowaljow (Wotan), Waltraud Meier (Sieglinde), Nina Stemme (Brünnhilde) & Ekaterina Gubanova (Fricka)

Teatro Alla Scala, Daniel Barenboim (conductor) & Guy Cassiers (stage director)

Richard Wagner called Die Walküre the “first evening” of the Ring of the Nibelung; he called Das Rheingold the prologue or Vorabend. Musically and dramatically, we are introduced to a radically new and different world when the opening bars of Die Walküre resound. A fully developed orchestral palette of Leitmotivs paints a wild storm scene, and the curtain rises on a modest dwelling: a fully human scene that has nothing to do with the gods, dwarves and nymphs of Das Rheingold. At the same time, however, the way Die Walküre portrays radical beginnings reveals some telling reminiscences of the unfolding of Das Rheingold. Die Walküre is exciting and deeply feeling drama.

The Scala “Ring” Cycle by Guy Cassiers is continued here with, as in Rheingold, numerous outstanding opera stars. Most of all, the leading ladies, ever wonderful Waltraud Meier as Sieglinde, marvellous Nina Stemme as a strong Brünnhilde and Ekaterina Gubanova as a convincing Fricka are to be named. Simon O’Neill and John Tomlinson fight a stirring duel as Siegmund and Hunding and Vitalij Kowaljow gives his dark portrayal of Wotan.

Daniel Barenboim presents a fantastic musical interpretation of this second and inspiring evening of the “Ring”.

Sound Format: PCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1

Picture Format: 16:9, 1080i High Definition

Format: 2 x DVD 9 / NTSC

Subtitles: DE (Original Language), GB, FR, ES, IT, Korean

Running Time: 238 mins

FSK: 0

Region Code: 0

Worldwide available, excluding Japan

“Any Daniel Barenboim Wagner performance is an event. True, his mannerisms are still apparent...but his poetic command of Wagner's phrasing tempers these...Gubanova is a steely, imperious Fricka. Best of all, though, is Nina Stemme's Brunnhilde. It's a radiant performance, occasionally effortful, but Stemme's golden tone stands the pressure.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2014 ****

“Meier is a tower of strength and dramatic ability just as one would expect...Stemme is properly fearless throughout as Brünnhilde...she is quite simply the best Brünnhilde since Nilsson, albeit of a very different stamp...Barenboim is a conductor at once powerful and sensitive.” MusicWeb International, 8th January 2014 ****

“Kowaljow as Wotan offers a smooth line, good top and a sense of stillness, in fact rather too much. Simon O’Neill is a tireless Siegmund and roused to dramatic heights by his outstanding Sieglinde, Waltraud Meier. Nina Stemme’s sheer presence and flood of rich tone make a strong Brünnhilde. Daniel Barenboim’s pulsing conducting is superlative.” Opera Now ***

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Wagner: Die Walküre

Wagner: Die Walküre

Live Recording from The Teatro Alla Scala, Milan, 2010


Simon O’Neill (Siegmund), John Tomlinson (Hunding), Vitalij Kowaljow (Wotan), Waltraud Meier (Sieglinde), Nina Stemme (Brünnhilde) & Ekaterina Gubanova (Fricka)

Teatro Alla Scala, Daniel Barenboim (conductor) & Guy Cassiers (stage director)

Richard Wagner called Die Walküre the “first evening” of the Ring of the Nibelung; he called Das Rheingold the prologue or Vorabend. Musically and dramatically, we are introduced to a radically new and different world when the opening bars of Die Walküre resound. A fully developed orchestral palette of Leitmotivs paints a wild storm scene, and the curtain rises on a modest dwelling: a fully human scene that has nothing to do with the gods, dwarves and nymphs of Das Rheingold. At the same time, however, the way Die Walküre portrays radical beginnings reveals some telling reminiscences of the unfolding of Das Rheingold. Die Walküre is exciting and deeply feeling drama.

The Scala “Ring” Cycle by Guy Cassiers is continued here with, as in Rheingold, numerous outstanding opera stars. Most of all, the leading ladies, ever wonderful Waltraud Meier as Sieglinde, marvellous Nina Stemme as a strong Brünnhilde and Ekaterina Gubanova as a convincing Fricka are to be named. Simon O’Neill and John Tomlinson fight a stirring duel as Siegmund and Hunding and Vitalij Kowaljow gives his dark portrayal of Wotan.

Daniel Barenboim presents a fantastic musical interpretation of this second and inspiring evening of the “Ring”.

Sound Format: PCM Stereo, dts-HD Master Audio 5.1

Picture Format: 16:9, 1080i High Definition

Format: 50 GB (Dual Layer)

Subtitles: DE (Original Language), GB, FR, ES, IT, Korean

Running Time: 238 mins

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“Any Daniel Barenboim Wagner performance is an event. True, his mannerisms are still apparent...but his poetic command of Wagner's phrasing tempers these...Gubanova is a steely, imperious Fricka. Best of all, though, is Nina Stemme's Brunnhilde. It's a radiant performance, occasionally effortful, but Stemme's golden tone stands the pressure.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2014 ****

“Meier is a tower of strength and dramatic ability just as one would expect...Stemme is properly fearless throughout as Brünnhilde...she is quite simply the best Brünnhilde since Nilsson, albeit of a very different stamp...Barenboim is a conductor at once powerful and sensitive.” MusicWeb International, 8th January 2014

“Kowaljow as Wotan offers a smooth line, good top and a sense of stillness, in fact rather too much. Simon O’Neill is a tireless Siegmund and roused to dramatic heights by his outstanding Sieglinde, Waltraud Meier. Nina Stemme’s sheer presence and flood of rich tone make a strong Brünnhilde. Daniel Barenboim’s pulsing conducting is superlative.” Opera Now ***

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Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K620

Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K620

Pierre Audi (Director)


René Pape (Sarastro), Genia Kühmeier (Pamina), Paul Groves (Tamino), Diana Damrau (Queen of the Night), Inga Kalna (First Lady), Karine Deshayes (Second Lady), Ekaterina Gubanova (Third Lady), Christian Gerhaher (Papageno), Irena Bespalovaite (Papagena), Franz Grundheber (Speaker), Burkhard Ulrich (Monostatos), Franz Grundheber (Priest), Simon O’Neill (Man in Armour), Peter Loehle (Man in Armour) & Xavier Mas (Priest)

Members of the Vienna Boys Choir, Wiener Staatsopernchor & Wiener Philharmoniker, Riccardo Muti

“Gerhaher's beautifully enunciated Papageno and Kuhmeier's text-conscious Pamina have vocal class but they are given little to do as actors. Muti shapes good playing with po-faced grandeur.” Gramophone Magazine, May 2015

“A winning cast...Amazing” New York Times

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