Mozart: Die Zauberflöte - Lorengar, Lewis, Hallin, Evans, Szekely, Harwood, Harper, Sinclair; C. Davis. Glyndebourne, 1960

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It is not just the stellar cast of this recording that makes this performance wonderful.   Listening to it I felt as if I was in the old Glyndebourne theater on a hot summer's day watching world class performers in one of the most intimate theaters in the world.   Pilar Lorengar and Richard Lewis are a well matched pair, both bringing vocal control and heft to roles that are now often cast more than a few shades lighter.  Sir Geraint Evans is his normal charming self.   The surprise for me was Margareta Hallin as the Queen of the Night.  She sings her notorious arias with pin-point accuracy without sounding like a soubrette.  Why haven't we heard more of her?  The sound is wonderful.

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