Claudio Abbado conducts Mozart and Verdi's greatest songs of love and desire

With Christine Schäfer, Mirella Freni, Marcelo Raúl Àlvarez, and Simon Keenlyside

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Christine Schäfer — Soprano

Mirella Freni — Soprano

Marcelo Raúl Álvarez — Tenor

Simon Keenlyside — Baritone

Berliner Philharmoniker

Claudio Abbado — Conductor

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Love is the motto of the 1998 New Year's Eve Concert.


And who wrote better music about love than Mozart and Verdi?

Maestro Claudio Abbado has chosen two of the best Mozart interpreters of our day, Christine Schäfer and Simon Keenlyside, for this traditionally meaningful event.

Marcelo Álvarez from Argentina, compared by some to a young Domingo, sings highlights of the tenor repertoire, and Italian Primadonna Mirella Freni tops the occasion with a breathtaking performance of the "Letter" scene of Tchaikovsky's Eugen Onegin.

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