Whenever someone asks me where is the best place to start listening to opera, I always says The Marriage of Figaro by Mozart. It is one of those operas that you think you know nothing about, but as you listen to it, you start humming along to the themes. Having been recorded in 1955, you would think that the sound is awful, suprisingly enough it is not, even the oboe sound is decent, and there is no constant hiss throughout. The singing is good, and the tempo is steady throughout. Although not the best recording of the opera by far, the price of the recording is very tempting. There is no libretto with it, but there is listeners guide explaining what is happening during each track.