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Kv. 581

Annelien van Wauwe, Boris Brovstyn, Nikita Boriso-Glebsky, Lise Berthaud and Maximilian Hornung play Mozart's 'Clarinet Quintet in A, KV 581' during the International Chamber Music Festival Utrecht 2017.


Annelien van Wauwe [clarinet]
Boris Brovstyn [Violin]
Nikita Boriso-Glebsky [Violin]
Lise Berthaud [Viola]
Maximilian Hornung [cello]

Voi avete un cor fedele

In 1775 Mozart received a commission to write the substitution aria “Voi avete un cor fedele,” K. 217, for an unknown soprano in an Italian comic opera troupe passing through Salzburg. The aria, which was inserted into Baldassare Galuppi’s comic opera Le nozze di Dorina, was undoubtedly better suited to the unknown soprano’s voice than the original one. In this aria we see an early manifestation of the opera buffa style years before Mozart composed his Italian comic opera masterpieces - Le nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni and Così fan tutte. Cecilia Bartoli sings.

Gia dagli occhi il velo è tolto

Bejun Mehta (countertenor) singing the beautiful aria "Gia dagli occhi il velo è tolto" from Mozart's Opera Seria "Mitridate, Re di Ponto".

Salzburg Fetival 2006; Conductor: Marc Minkowski with Les Musiciens du Louvre; Director: Günter Krämer

Già dagli occhi il velo è tolto,
vili affetti io v'abbandono:
son pentito, e non ascolto, che i latrati del mio cor. Tempo è omai, che al primo impero
la ragione in me ritorni;
già ricalco il ben sentiero
della gloria e dell'onor.

Dove Sono I Bei Momenti

Dorothea Röschmann as Countess Almaviva sings 'Dove sono i bei momenti' from Act III of David McVicar's production of Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), The Royal Opera, 2006. Find out more at

Le nozze di Figaro was the first fruit of Mozart’s partnership with librettist Lorenzo da Ponte; they would go on to create Don Giovanni and Così fan tutte. For Figaro, Da Ponte adapted (perhaps at Mozart’s suggestion) Pierre Beaumarchais’ controversial play Le Mariage de Figaro, which at the time was banned in Vienna due to its seditious content. The opera was well received in Vienna but had only nine performances; its revival soon after in Prague was a tremendous success, and led to the commission of Don Giovanni. Figaro quickly entered the international repertory and has rarely been out of it since, admired as one of Mozart’s finest works.

David McVicar’s acclaimed production sets the action in a French château in 1830 on the eve of revolution, amplifying the opera’s undercurrents of class tension. The entire household is drawn into the notoriously complex plot, which covers all shades of human emotion: from spirited playfulness (such as ‘Non più andrai’, when Figaro cheerfully sends Cherubino off to war), to deep despair (such as the Countess’s grief at her husband’s infidelity in ‘Dove sono i bei momenti’). But affection and fidelity prevail in this most warm-hearted of operas: the Count’s plea for forgiveness in the final act, ‘Contessa, perdono’, is an especially moving moment.

Hannigan does Mozart.

Barbara Hannigan performs three Mozart Arias with Gothenburg Symphony at a concert recorded 12 April 2013.
- Vado, Ma Dove?
- Un moto di gioia (from The Marriage of Figaro)
- Misera, Dove Son


Filmed by Måns Pär Fogelberg
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