Le Nozze Di Figaro
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The attractive cast, led by Rene Pape, as expected, is terrific. Pape is reasonably good looking, has a deep rich bass/baritone that actually produces endorphins when I hear him sing, and is an excellent actor. Dorothea Roeschmann's Susanna, Patricia Risley's Cherubino and Emily Magee as the Countess all get five stars for thrilling singing, great looks and perfect ensemble comic form. Roman Trekel is fine, but not as vocally strong as the rest of the cast.
Barenboim holds the score like a cork holds champagne: the music brims and bristles, always contained, always ready to burst. This is exactly right for this great opera. The sound is excellent. I read below that one listener seemed to have trouble with the middle channel. I had no trouble. From my system, the sound was rich and clear.
What can I say about the production? It's not ideal. Some of it seems a little spare and thrown together. There's a lot of unfortunate thumping around on a hollow stage. But it doesn't get in the way of the actors. In a 10 star system, it would lose a star. But this is a five star system, and the production works as a piece of theater where so many traditional productions exist merely to keep the audience occupied during soporiphic proceedings. I can recommend this DVD without reserve as one of the best examples of what can be done with the medium.
At any rate, this production is still worth hearing on the ArtHaus Musik DVD (100 017) now available through Naxos. Daniel Barenboim conducts the State Opera and Chorus of Berlin with a very good vocal cast: Rene Pape (Figaro), Dorothea Roschmann (Susanna), Emily Magee (Countess), Roman Trekel (Count), Patricia Risley (Cherubino), Rosemarie Lang (Marcellina), Kwangchul Youn (Bartolo), and the rest. The only visual problem is the rather unattractive Count, who looks a bit like a clean shaven Ming the Merciless rather than the charmer this character should be.
The scenery is sparse, the night sequences in Act IV barely lit at all. Barenboim gives a reading that calls for no complaints nor kudos. But the DVD format makes this a valuable educational tool for music teachers who wish to show this marvelous opera in parts, since the tracking cues (84 in all) are quite generous and intelligently programmed.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A bit dated, but the Count (Trekel) is a friend of mine.Published 11 months ago by Elizabeth A. Welsh
This is a very good but not great Figaro. Rene Pape sings the title role well and with character; a very youthful Dorothea Roschmann is a less pert, more vulnerable Susanna than is... Read morePublished on August 13, 2011 by C. Sarkozy
The musical performance in enveloping, the cast is engaging, and the opera music and librettos are two of the best ever written. Read morePublished on May 25, 2009 by rubaxter
Mozart's "Le Nozze di Figaro" is for me one of my most beloved of operas. Having seen this opera live many times, I knew I just had to have it permanently on DVD. Read morePublished on December 19, 2003 by Patrick A. Bowen
This review refers to Mozart's "Le Nozze di Figaro", DVD edition by ArtHaus Musik((Bel Air Media).. Read morePublished on August 6, 2003 by L. Shirley
"Satisfaction guaranteed" I baptise this comment, because by the time this dvd ends you're likely to be satisfied all-round. Read morePublished on September 3, 2002 by Marcelino Plaza
I have the Metropolitan Opera's performance on CDs but I couldn't find it on DVD, so I bought this one instead. Read morePublished on March 14, 2001 by Raymond
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