Deutsche Grammophon’s series of Mozart opera recordings continues with the 6th instalment, Die Zauberflöte, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, available now.
Initiated by and featuring Rolando Villazón, in collaboration with Festspielhaus Baden Baden, Die Zauberflöte follows very successful productions of Don Giovanni, Così fan tutte, Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Grammy Award Nomination), Le Nozze di Figaro (Grammy Award Nomination & Echo Klassik Award) and La Clemenza di Tito. Also in the cast are Regula Mühlemann, Klaus Florian Vogt, Christiane Karg and Franz-Josef Selig. The RIAS Kammerchor is led by Chorus master Justin Doyle
with Jory Vinikour on fortepiano (continuo), glockenspiel and Clara Andrada de la Calle playing solo flute. The opera was recorded in connection with performances at Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, July 2018.
The accompanying booklet contains comprehensive historical and biographical notes along with the synopsis and libretto.
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung praised Villazón’s “comic talent” in his first Papageno, “achieving ‘heights of emotion’ with the captivating Regula Mühlemann’s Papagena”, as well as the “magical tenor” of Klaus Florian Vogt as Tamino, Christiane Karg’s “lyrically perfect Pamina” and the “imposing” Franz-Josef Selig’s Sarastro. Nézet-Séguin “is a genuine Mozartian … and rolling out a red carpet for the singers”.