OP0599. LA GROTTA DI TROFONIO (Salieri), Recorded 2005, w. Christophe Rousset Cond. L’Opéra de Lausanne Ensemble, w. Les Talens Lyriques - Olivier Lallouette, Raffaella Milanesi, Marie Arnet, Nikolai Schukoff, Mario Cassi, etc. (France) 2-(un-numbered) Ambroise Sound Arts, with accompanying DVD, in triple foldover jacket, w.Eleborate 111pp. Libretto-Brochure. Very long out-of-print, Final Copy! - 3760020170868
“Antonio Salieri, as everyone knows, was one of Mozart's great rivals and LA GROTTA DI TROFONIO, first performed in Vienna in 1785, has certain similarities to COSI FAN TUTTE, which was premiered five years later. Both operas deal with the sexual uncertainties of two sisters when faced with lovers who are in some sense transformed - in Salieri's case by the magician Trofonio, in whose eponymous grotto the two men magically exchange personalities.
But whereas COSI ranks among the most profound examinations of the human psyche, LA GROTTA DI TROFONIO may best be described as an entertaining phantasmagoria, albeit a superbly composed one, in which Salieri reveals both an affecting lyrical sensibility and, on occasion, a fine ear for parody. Christophe Rousset's recording was made round a series of performances in Lausanne last year.
It's conducted with huge affection and wit, played with great brilliance by Les Talens Lyriques and beautifully sung by a fine, if unstarry, ensemble cast.”
- THE GUARDIAN