On Singing Mozart

February 20, 2021, 4:30 pm

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Act Three scene from the Marriage of Figaro. Figaro and Susanna wedding ceremony.
The Marriage of Figaro (Photo: Daniel Azoulay, Florida Grand Opera, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

This third program for Black History Month will feature artists who excel in Mozart. Although the types of voices considered to be appropriate for 18th century music has changed over the years, singers like Reri Grist, Barbara Hendricks, and the late Christiane Eda-Pierre have always been able to meet Mozart’s technical demands.


Concert aria, “Ah, lo previdi!” K. 272
Excerpt: Cavatina, “Deh, non varcar”
Barbara Hendricks, soprano
English Chamber Orchestra
Jeffrey Tate, conductor

“Ach ich liebte” from Die Entführung aus dem Serail, K. 384
Christiane Eda-Pierre, soprano
Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
Sir Colin Davis, conductor

“Or sai chi l’onore” from Don Giovanni, K. 527
Leontyne Price, soprano
RCA Italian Opera Orchestra
Francesco Molinari-Pradelli, conductor

“Tradito, schernito” from Così fan tutte, K. 588
George Shirley, tenor
New Philharmonia Orchestra
Erich Leinsdorf, conductor

Concert aria, “Vorrei spiegarvi, oh Dio,” K. 418
Reri Grist, soprano
Camerata Salzburg
Bernhard Paumgartner, conductor


This episode of Listening to Singers will be available for listening on-demand until March 5.