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Marriage of Figaro effervesces once more!

Author: Opus Arte

Mozart's Marriage of Figaro is brought to life by an exciting young cast with Antonio Pappano at the helm.

  • The Marriage of Figaro | Copyright: © c 2021 Royal Opera House, Photo by Clive Barda

    The Marriage of Figaro © c 2021 Royal Opera House, Photo by Clive Barda

  • The Marriage of Figaro | Copyright: © c 2021 Royal Opera House, Photo by Clive Barda

    The Marriage of Figaro © c 2021 Royal Opera House, Photo by Clive Barda

  • The Marriage of Figaro | Copyright: © c 2021 Royal Opera House, Photo by Clive Barda

    The Marriage of Figaro © c 2021 Royal Opera House, Photo by Clive Barda

From the headlong rush of the overture, Mozart’s timeless comedy is a breathless journey through one very eventful day in the life of an 1830s château. Figaro and his bride Susanna conspire to foil the unwanted advances of Count Almaviva, while the Countess has her heart stolen by a cross-dressing pageboy. Mozart’s music unfolds with beautiful solos and ensembles to amplify the deep emotions behind the seemingly farcical surface.

Music Director of The Royal Opera Antonio Pappano brings his specialist perspective to Mozart’s effervescent score. A young and predominantly Italian cast, including Ricardo Fassi, Giulia Semenzato and Germán E. Alcántara, perform this revival of David McVicar’s sumptuous and hugely popular period staging.

"McVicar’s elegant production strikes a perfect balance between the high seriousness and slapstick comedy of this timeless, surpassingly brilliant work...

Under Antonio Pappano’s musical direction, this new revival spins exhilaratingly along, with a forceful and versatile Figaro (Riccardo Fassi) and a Susanna (Giulia Semenzato) who commands the stage with a live-wire presence and a sound of exceptional purity.

Hanna Hipp makes a nicely boyish Cherubino, Gianluca Buratto’s Bartolo has a voice like thunder, and the central foursome is completed with a Countess (Federica Lombardi) who comes over as the embattled voice of truth, and a Count (Germán E Alcántara) who offers an unusually dark interpretation of his predatory role." The Independent *****

Recording location Royal Opera House Covent Garden
Stage Director David McVicar
Choreography by Leah Hausman
Light Design Paule Constable
Distribution DVD Naxos Rights (Europe) Ltd
Distribution TV Naxos Rights (Europe) Ltd

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