Mozart: Cosi fan tutte - Masterson, Lindenstrand, Burrowes, Araiza, Skram, Bacquier; Mackerras. Aix-en-Provence, 1977


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This performance of Così fan tutte features the superb Valerie Masterson as Fiordiligi. Masterson's supple soprano handles the demands of this role deftly. She is joined by a young Francisco Araiza as Ferrando. It is a shame that this singer abandoned the Mozart repertoire for more dramatic pursuits. It is rare that one hears Mozart tenor roles sung with such virility. Gabriel Bacquier is a charming Don Alfonso. Sir Charles Mackerras leads a brisk and vibrant performance, and encourages the singers to include some very nice and tasteful embellishments. The sound is very good.

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