Mozart: Die Zauberflöte

This live Magic Flute is delightfully, lightly led by Claudio Abbado. Even the opera’s darker moments—the scenes at the Temple, etc.—are treated nimbly; there’s no hint of Otto Klemperer’s approach to be found here. The recording sports the finest Tamino since Stuart Burrows and Fritz Wunderlich in Christophe Strehl, a tenor with both lyricism and plangency built into his voice. Dorothea Röschmann is a simply glorious Pamina, strong of voice but sensitive and girlish as well, and René Pape’s Sarastro sets a new standard.

Release date: June 13, 2006
Number of Discs: 2
Label: Deutsche Grammophon