Die Zauberflote - Aix-en-Provence, France, 2010 - Dessay, Mannion
Rosa Mannion (Pamina), Hans-Peter Blochwitz (Tamino), Natalie Dessay (Die Königin der Nacht), Anton Scharinger (Papageno), Reinhard Hagen (Sarastro), Willard White (Sprecher), Steven Cole (Monostatos), Linda Kitchen (Papagena),
Les Arts Florissants, William Christie
Reviews: “The two treats here are Dessay's Queen of the Night and the Pamina of the now sadly retired Mannion.”
"… this is as idiomatic and as deeply Mozartian a reading of the work as any in the catalogue. … the performance itself, which is euphonious to a degree and falls more sweetly and lovingly on the ear than any I can recall. … All this gives Christie opportunities to shape the work subtly and sensitively … Taken overall, the performance is quick and light-textured - and often quite dramatic … Another strength lies in the shaping, cool and unselfconscious, of the two extended finales …These light and soft textures and graceful phrasing are what above all characterize this recording."