Sony to record new Mozart Da Ponte trilogy
23 November 2013, London, UK
Teodor Currentzis(Photo: Robert Kittel)
Sony Classical has embarked on a major new project to record the Mozart Da Ponte trilogy with Russia’s Perm State Opera and their maverick, Greek-born artistic director Teodor Currentzis. Le nozze di Figaro will be released first in February 2014, followed by Così fan tutte in autumn 2014 and Don Giovanni in autumn 2015.
Currentzis, explaining the artistic rationale behind this daring venture, believes audiences are used to hearing Mozart interpretations ‘rooted in the opera traditions of the 20th century’. That tradition, he says, ‘was all about simplifying the material’, whereas ‘the radicality’ of his own new recordings for Sony will be their ‘precision’.
Speaking specifically about the forthcoming release of Figaro, Currentzis adds: ‘I made this recording because I wanted to show what can be achieved if you avoid the factory approach of the classical music mainstream. My credo is that every performance you give has to be like a pregnancy. You have to dream and wait until the time comes when you will see the miracle happening.’