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La finta giardiniera (The fake gardener) - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Information about the opera La finta giardiniera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and the best recordings available on CD or DVD, or for download.

Composed when he was 18 from an existing libretto, this is Mozart's first significant opera.

Recommended recordings on CD

Harnoncourt/Tachezi/Tachezi (Teldec 72309)


Vienna Concentus Musicus, conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt, 6/1991.

Cast: Herwig Tachezi (Don Anchise), Herbert Tachezi (La Marchesa Violante), Edita Gruberova (Il Contino Belfiore).

Teldec 72309

Recommended recordings on DVD

/Kale/Aruhn (Arthaus Musik 102 007)

102 007

Produced for Swedish television in 1988, this gives a rare chance to see one of Mozart's earliest operas.

Drottningholm Court Theatre Chorus, Drottningholm Court Theatre Orchestra, , 1988.

Cast: Stuart Kale (Don Anchise), Britt-Marie Aruhn (La Marchesa Violante), Richard Croft (Il Contino Belfiore).

Arthaus Musik 102 007