Mozart - Le Nozze di Figaro
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Rosemary Joshua as Susanna, Angelika Kirchschlager as Cherubino, and Sophie Pondjiclis as Marcellina were excellent. Marcellina and Bartolo looked way too young for their roles, but they performed them well enough.
I agree with other reviewers that the sets were awful, confusing and distracting. They detracted from the production; thus, my four stars instead of five. And, I don't know if it was just my DVD, but the subtitles appeared out of sync with the singing on the first disc. That's annoying.
Apart from the sets, this is a first class production and Mozart lovers will surely enjoy the music, singing and acting! I recommend it.
Figaro is mostly an orchestra opera, and with Concerto Koln, Mozart and Jacobs have the instrument parfait. Concerto Koln's wind section is sublime. The oboe soli during Dove sono are bewitching. The bassoons are a gift all on their own. The horn section resonant their basso continuo parts and nail their highlighting, for even more musical passion. Meanwhile, the basses and cellos underscore and lift Mozart's work to new heights. Nicolau de Figueiredo's pickup riffs on the pianoforte make delightful appetizers. Jacobs brings this all together with a musicality rarely achieved.
Mora, mora! The man of the match is Il Conte, Pietro Spagnoli. From his entrance just before Cosa sento!, Spagnoli proves there is a singer who can easily hang with the full gusto Concerto Koln. His Act III solo Hai gia vinta (I don't even like that aria) is emotionally charged and sung devastatingly good. Spagnoli's long, alluring climbs near the end of that aria are ooo-la-la! What makes this Il Conte special is his ensemble work. He is there for his mates and leads by example with lovely riffs.
Special credits to the state of the art sound and picture. It all combines to make it the best of the Figaro DVDs so far. Don't be put away because of the high price, it's definitely worth it.
For a nearly perfect production all round, I vote Ponnelle's version that was televised in the 80's from the Met with Kathleen Battle, Ruggero Raimondi, Thomas Allen and Carol Vaness...as good a cast [musically] as this and in perfect form....and excellent actors all. The staging is flawless [especially the bits], the sets and costumes fantastic. Its only flaw: cutting Marcellina's and Don Basilio's arias in Act IV. Alas, I've never seen this one offered on DVD [and my tape recorded off the TV is wearing out!]
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent performance of a wonderful masterpiece, I listen to it over and over. Only disappointment was the English subtitles, which were condensed and oversimplified. Read morePublished 12 months ago by daniel d. kean
I just love anything with Angelika Kirchschlager in it, she's got such a beautiful voice and she uses it so expressively she's just lovely to watch and to listen to.Published 16 months ago by Shannon Legott
Excellent orchestra, excellent singers. However, Mozart's heavenly music is in constant dissonance with acting. Read morePublished on December 30, 2009 by Anton
First of all, the orchestra is superb, and the singers are all in good voice and exquisitely musical. Read morePublished on September 8, 2008 by bgarfink
I've finally caved and have bought this DVD in addition to the other 5 Figaro DVDs I own, after having practically worn out my Jacobs Figaro CD. Read morePublished on July 3, 2008 by Karen Henriksen
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