Mozart: Opera and Concert Arias

Reviewed on Mon 06 Feb, 2017

The young German soprano, Anett Fritsch, sings arias from all three soprano roles in Le Nozze di Figaro – and it is slightly strange to hear them all sung on the CD in her clearly recognisable voice.

This anthology of Mozart arias is ably sung by the young German soprano Anett Fritsch. She sings arias from all three soprano roles in Le Nozze di Figaro – indeed, she has portrayed all three on stage in 2016 (separately of course) – and it is slightly strange to hear them all sung on the CD in her clearly recognisable voice. It is a pleasure to hear the beautiful legato in 'Deh, vieni' and 'Porgi, amor' produced by her lovely voice. The coloratura ending of 'Batti, batti' (from Don Giovanni, track 7), is sung joyously, but I am less convinced by her Donna Elvira where perhaps more variation in dynamics would give greater depth of feeling – this is particularly true of 'Mi tradì quell'alma ingrata' (track 8). Fritsch’s skilful coloratura is well shown in Fiordiligi’s two serious arias (from Così fan tutte, tracks 9 and 11) which are full of musical leaps but also contain some contrasting legato. From the same opera Despina’s light-hearted advice ('Una donna a quindici anni', track 10) is not lacking in coloratura but is amusingly sung in a totally different manner. Although the last two tracks have opera backgrounds, Mozart did not write the operas but composed these as concert arias. They are both very sad and are movingly portrayed. Fritsch has richness in her low notes and maintains a pleasing purity of voice in her highest notes.
–Ruth Piatkus