OehmsClassics, Maria Bengtsson, Chor der Oper Frankfurt, Sebastian Weigle, CD, Flotow
With a terrific cast including Maria Bengtsson and Katharina Magiera, and under the baton of Sebastian Weigle, OehmsClassics and Opera Frankfurt bring back to live a nearly forgotten jewel of comic opera in the 19th century. After the premiere at the Viennese Kärntnertortheater in 1847, Friedrich von Flotow’s Martha or The fair at Richmond became for nearly half a century one of the most popular operas in Europe. Full of charming melodies and with a plot as hilarious as racy, the story of bored Lady Harriet Durham and her friend Nancy, who disguised themselves as Martha and Julia and travel to the servant’s fair of Richmond, where they actually not only find a job, but also true love, is an enchanting example for the 1850’s civic opera and also Friedrich von Flotow’s wonderful light hearted music. After “Der Graf von Luxemburg” OehmsClassics is happy to continue the collaboration with Opera Frankfurt with this remarkable recording.
- Frankfurter Opern- und Museumsorchester, Chor der Oper Frankfurt
- Sebastian Weigle
- Katharina Magiera (alto), Maria Bengtsson (soprano), Johannes Lehner, Thomas Charrois (bass), Cheol Kang, Barnaby Rea (bass), Björn Bürger (baritone), AJ Glueckert (tenor), Franz Mayer (tenor), Julia Heße (mezzo-soprano), Svea Verfürth (mezzo-soprano), Nicolai Klawa (tenor), Gerhard Singer (bass), Michaela Schaudel (soprano)