Probably my favorite piece of music from the opera is the duet “Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen” sung by Pamina and Papageno in the first act. So, it seems fitting that the first entry here should be one of my favorite performances of this duet. This is from a performance recorded at the Opernhaus Zürich in 2000. The singers are Malin Hartelius and Anton Scharinger. (Both of these brilliant singers will appear here again, so stay tuned.)
Review of the recording:
This clip is from a TDK DVD, no. DV-OPMF. I highly recommend this recording! (Just do a Net search for it to get the cast and crew details.) The performance is great. For me, a Zauberflöte performance depends on Papageno, Pamina, Sarastro and the Queen in roughly that order. (I have almost given up on ever getting a convincing Tamino. Maybe because the character is just such a wimp. OK, there are some good Taminos out there. I will sample a few in later posts. Maybe.) In this performance, directed by Jonathan Miller, all four are outstanding. And the production quality of the DVD is also very good with PCM stereo, AC3 5.1 and DTS 5.1 audio tracks. A first class recording of a first class performance.