LE NOZZE DI FIGARO:Mozart
Original Air Date: 02/12/1994
Rudel; Morris, McLaughlin, Fleming, Croft, Bunnell
MOD Audio SID.18420533
This is is Fleming’s first featured broadcast (she has a small part in Ghosts of Versailles) and it’s one of her best roles. The late — he died just a few weeks ago (2016) –Julius Rudel is too often underestimated, but he presided over many a fine Figaro at the NYCO before taking up residence at the Met. Morris and McLaughlin are an interesting servant pair and any performance with Senechal is guaranteed some attention. This performance is featured in MOoD.
7/8/13 – Fleming’s previous broadcast appearance was in the small role of Rosina (Countess) in Ghosts of Versailles, so her Nozze Countess is really her first broadcast feature. Rudel is a fine Mozartean with plenty of fine Figaros over at NYCO before moving over to the Met. Fleming and the whole cast are well matched. Recommended. Also in MOoD.
3/29/11 – Fleming’s Countess is rarer than you might think. She only has nine performances since her Met debut (in this role) in 1991. This broadcast is only her third and is available also on Met Player. She premieres the new production with Terfel and Bartoli, but only does the telecast (which is available on Met PLayer).
As for missing historic broadcasts, the original Texaco broadcast with Albanese and Pinza from 1940 should certainly be rebroadcast, and the Countesses of Eleanor Steber (five from 1943-50) and Victoria de los Angeles (1952) with the superb Count of Giuseppe Valdengo. Jarmila Novotna is a superb Cherubino on many of those Steber Countesses.
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