The dramas of French playwright Beaumarchais – most notably Le Barbier de Séville
and its sequel La Folle Journée ou Le Mariage de Figaro
– have inspired various composers over the years. DG is reissuing two classic recordings of Beaumarchais-based operas. Claudio Abbado’s famous version of Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia
is newly repackaged on CD, Blu-ray Audio and DVD video, while Karl Böhm’s interpretation of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro
appears on CD and, for the first time, Blu-ray Audio, in 24 bit/96 kHz remastered from the original analogue tapes. Hermann Prey stars as Figaro in both operas.