'Mary Plazas as Zerlina is tender and vulnerable, yet she also makes clear Zerlina's frustration with her jealous jailer of a husband.
Majella Cullagh, the Donna Anna, also knows how to sing. Her voice is well-modulated, she delivers the text well, and she provides some stunning pianissimo singing in 'Non mi dir.'
Opera buffa in two acts, K.527
Original 'Prague' version
Libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte
English translation by Amanda Holden
Garry Magee, baritone - Don Giovanni
Clive Bayley, bass (PMF Scholar) - Commendatore
Majella Cullagh, soprano - Donna Anna
Barry Banks, tenor (PMF Scholar) - Don Ottavio
Vivian Tierney, soprano - Donna Elvira
Andrew Shore , bass - Leporello
Dean Robinson, baritone (PMF Scholar) - Masetto
Mary Plazas, soprano (PMF Scholar) - Zerlina
Geoffrey Mitchell Choir
David Parry - conductor
Recorded Blackheath Halls, London
22-27 August 2000
Producer - Brian Couzens
Sound engineer - Ralph Couzens
Assistant engineer - David O'Carroll
'Amanda Holden's translation works well, rhyming happily and sometimes triumphantly as in 'the highest common factor is a virgin who's intacta.'
International Record Review
'... the latest of Moores's custom-built recordings to roll off the Chandos production line is a triumph. Amanda Holden's... racy text was the clear star of the show, rarely have I heard this wicked comedy provoke so many laughs. If there's one other factor that makes this recording more than the sum of its parts, it's the combination of finesse and fire that the Philharmonia deliver under David Parry's aptly forward-moving direction... Barry Bank's plangent tone, dramatic involvement and clean seamless runs in 'Il mio tesoro' ('Will you remain with my treasure?') make one regret that the Prague version deprives him of the Vienna tenor's Act 1 Aria ("Dalla sua pace').'