Classical Sunday: Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Die Zauberflöte

German with English subtitles

**IMPORTANT**
As you probably know, the art world is having a really rough time during this pandemic. The royal opera house might even be suspended for a while. In order to help these artists who right now don’t get any money and might even be very close to their last penny, you can donate. We enjoy their art every day of the year. Here’s a time to show support and respect.

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Classical Sunday: Mozart’s Don Giovanni

Well, we have a thing for Italian at the moment, ever since we posted Rossini’s Barbiere. So here’s another opera sung in Italian, and with subtitles, too!

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Don Giovanni

Conducted by Riccardo Muti

Teatro alla Scala, 1987

Don Giovanni: Thomas Allen
Il Commendatore: Sergej Koptchak
Donna Anna: Edita Gruberova
Don Ottavio: Francisco Araiza
Donna Elvira: Ann Murray
Leporello: Claudio Desderi
Masetto: Natale De Carolis
Zerlina: Susanne Mentzer

Classical Sunday: Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia

If you are unfamiliar with this delightful opera, just listen to the overture and you will most probably realize that you are, in fact, quite familiar with it after all.

Gioachino Rossini:  Il barbiere di Siviglia

Complete performance of Rossini’s “Il barbiere di Siviglia” from Seville’s ‘Teatro de la Maestranza’ in February 2016 in celebration of the 200th Anniversary of this well-known and beloved masterpiece.

Conductor: Giuseppe Finzi
Conte Almaviva: Michele Angelini
Figaro: Davide Luciano
Rosina: Marina Comparato
Don Bartolo: Renato Girolami
Don Basilio: Dmitry Ulyanov
Berta: Susana Cordón
Fiorello: David Lagares
Director: José Luis Castro

The featured images shows the storm scene towards the end of ‘The Barber of Seville‘ in Alexandre-Évariste Fragonard’s (1780-1850) lithographic rendering.

Libretto

Classical Sunday: Mozart’s Don Giovanni

‘Don Giovanni’ is generally regarded as one of Mozart’s supreme achievements and one of the greatest operas of all time, or so they say. See if you agree.

W. A. Mozart’s Don Giovanni

Complete opera with English subtitles

Zurich, 2001
Don Giovanni – Rodney Gilfry
Leporello – László Polgár
Donna Anna – Isabel Rey
Don Ottavio – Roberto Saccà
Donna Elvira – Cecilia Bartoli
Zerlina – Liliana Nikiteanu
Masetto – Oliver Widmer
Commendatore – Matti Salminen

Conductor – Nikolaus Harnoncount
Director – Brian Large

Music – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto – Lorenzo Da Ponte

Country – Switzerland

Classical Sunday: Wagner’s Fliegender Holländer

Enjoy the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus with Sir Georg Solti performing “The Flying Dutchman”.

Richard Wagner (1813-1883):

Der Fliegende Holländer WWV 63 (The Flying Dutchman)

HOLLÄNDER: Norman Bailey
SENTA: Janis Martin
ERIK: René Kollo
DALAND: Martti Talvela
STEUERMANN: Werner Krenn
MARY: Isola Jones

Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus – Sir Georg Solti

Ouvertüre: 0:00
Erster Aufzug: 11:07
Zweiter Aufzug: 53:21
Dritter Aufzug: 1:49:54

Background picture: Thousand Sunny from “One Piece” by Eiichirou Oda

We apologize for the background picture, but this recording was the most pleasing to our taste.  Here something more fitting:

Flying_Dutchman
The Flying Dutchman by Albert Pinkham Ryder
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