Mozart, W A
Carlo Maria Giulini’s celebrated studio recording of Le nozze di Figaro was recorded in September 1959 following a live performance at the Royal Festival Hall a few days earlier. Nearly 18 months later on 6th February 1961 there was another RFH performance but with a substantially different cast from that on disc.
Only two roles – the Countess (Elisabeth Schwarzkopf) and Antonio (Piero Cappuccilli) – were sung by the
same artists. Harold Rosenthal in Opera magazine wrote the following about the concert performance: ‘Giulini’s reading of this miraculous score has deepened since the studio
recording (1959)...the spark that was suddenly kindled between conductor and Teresa Berganza in ‘Voi che
sapete’ was a moment to treasure. Indeed all Miss Berganza’s singing was outstanding.’
Rosenthal went on to praise Elisabeth Söderström’s Susanna, who ‘sang with much delicacy’ and whose
‘stage presence was delightful’.