Mozart Opera Festival

Mozart Opera Festival
István Kertész
Catalogue No.

In 1971, Istvan Kertesz went into the studio with an array of opera singers with whom he enjoyed performing to make a recording of arias, duets and ensembles from Mozart’s most popular operas. The results, in terms of characterisation and energy, are in a class of their own and what’s more, the stellar singers blend together wonderfully in the ensemble pieces. The collection appeared on a double-LP set entitled ‘Mozart Opera Festival’, together with a collection of Overtures.


Le Nozze di Figaro:
Cosa sento! tosto andate
Non più andrai
Voi che sapete
Crudel! perchè finora farmi languir così?
Giuse alfin il momento … Deh vieni, non tardar

Die Entführung aus dem Serail:
Konstanze, dich wiederzusehen, dich! … O wie ängstlich, o wie feurig
Vivat Bacchus! Bacchus lebe!
In Mohrenland gefangen war
O, wie will ich triumphieren

Die Zauberflöte:
Der Vogelfänger bin ich ja
Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön
Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen

Ruhe sanft, mein holdes Leben

Così fan tutte:
Soave sia il vento
Un’aura amorosa
Il cor vi dono

Il re pastore:
L’amerò, sarò costante

Don Giovanni:
Là ci darem la mano
Finch’han dal vino

Lucia Popp, soprano
Brigitte Fassbaender, mezzo-soprano
Werner Krenn, tenor
Tom Krause, baritone
Manfred Jungwirth, bass
Wiener Haydn-Orchester
István Kertész

Recording information

Recording producer: Christopher Raeburn
Recording engineer: Gordon Parry
Recording location: Sofiensaal, Vienna, October 1971
Remastering: The Audio Archiving Company, London


‘There is splendid singing from all involved … Popp’s clear, fresh-voiced soprano and the resonant, powerful baritone of Tom Krauss are real standouts … Kertész’s accompaniments are crisp and stylish’ Limelight

‘As a varied program, well recorded and with five of the best Mozart singers of their generation, this reissue can be confidently recommended’ MusicWeb

‘This lovely collection makes for a charming program. Beautifully recorded … and a sensitive orchestral contribution from the Viennese players and the wonderful István Kertész’ 2MBS Fine Music