Mozart's 'La Finta Semplice' From Munich

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

The term "children's music" is generally used to describe music written for children, but in Mozart's "La Finta Semplice," it takes on a different meaning. "La Finta Semplice" is kids' music written by a kid — the 11-year-old Mozart, who used it to showcase an innovative ensemble style that later came to full bloom in masterpieces including "The Marriage of Figaro."

On World of Opera, host Lisa Simeone presents "La Finta Semplice" in a production from the Prinzregenten Theater in Munich. Soprano Chen Reiss stars as Rosina, in a production led by conductor Rinaldo Alessandrini.


Rosina: Chen Reiss (soprano)
Cassandro: Kay Stiefermann (baritone)
Polidoro: Oliver Ringelhahn (tenor)
Giacinta: Elena Belfiore (mezzo-soprano)
Fracasso: Loenordo Cortelazzi (tenor)
Simone: David Steffens (bass)
Ninetta: Anna Lucia Richter (soprano)

Munich Radio Orchestra
Rinaldo Alessandrini, conductor


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