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James Morris (Hans Sachs), Ben Heppner (Walther von Stolzing), Karita Mattila (Eva), Thomas Allen (Beckmesser), Jill Grove (Magdalena), Matthew Polenzani (David), René Pape (Pogner), John Relyea (Nachtwächter)
Metropolitan Opera & Chorus, James Levine
Thank goodness for no quirky ideas...The singers are all outstanding, led by James Morris's warmly genial Sachs...and by Ben Heppner, who is an equally convincing Walther...Mattila not only looks... — More…
Roberto Alagna (Carlos), Karita Mattila (Elisabeth de Valois), Thomas Hampson (Rodrigue), Jose van Dam (Philippe), Waltraud Meier (Eboli), Eric Halfvarson (Grand Inquisitor)
Paris Theatre du Chatelet, Antonio Pappano
This performance appeared on VHS back in March 1997. On a new, wide-screen television, it makes a far more arresting effect. The action seems to be happening in the room with you.
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94 CDs + 3 DVD Videos$334.50
Karita Mattila (soprano), Violeta Urmana (mezzo), Thomas Moser (tenor), Eike Wilm Schulte (bass)
Berliner Philharmoniker, Swedish Radio Choir & Eric Ericson Chamber Choir, Claudio Abbado
Abbado, a Furtwängler admirer in principle, seems ever more Italian, his tauter lyricism allied to a sense of forward movement influenced, we are told, by period practice. The surprise is not... — More…