From the opening notes of the overture to the final curtain, Emilio Sagi’s classic, triumphant production brings to life all the elegant wit and theatricality of Mozart’s comic masterpiece “Le nozze di Figaro”.
Leading baritone Ludovic Tézier shines as the lustful Count Almaviva who attempts to obtain the favors of Figaro’s bride-to-be, Susanna (Isabel Rey), while Luca Pisaroni gives a feisty performance as Figaro.
Conductor Jesús López Cobos masterfully captures the enchanting score. A witty yet profound tale of love, betrayal, and forgiveness.
Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro was premiered in Vienna on 1 May 1786, just three years before the French Revolution. Add to this the fact that it was based on a politically subversive French play by Pierre Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais and one can see why the opera is often viewed as representing the collapse of a degenerate aristocracy (Count Almaviva) and the rise of the lower classes (Figaro). Figaro had nine performances in Vienna in1786, a reasonable number for the time, it was even more of a hit in Prague, where Mozart went to conduct it in early 1787.
With: Ludovic Tézier, Barbara Frittoli, Luca Pisaroni, Isabel Rey, Marina Comparato, Jeanette Fischer, Carlos Chausson, Raúl Giménez, Enrique Viana, Soledad Cardoso, Miguel Sola
Picture format: 16:9 - NTSC
Sound format: PCM Stereo, DD 5.1, DTS 5.1
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
Running time: 205 mins
Subtitles: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Korean
Production year: 2009