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Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro DVD (The Royal Opera)

David McVicar’s resonant production of Le nozze di Figaro is set in 1830s post-revolution France, where the inexorable unravelling of an old order has produced acute feelings of loss. In the relationship between Gerald Finley’s suave Count and Dorothea Röschmann’s passionately dignified Countess, which lies at the tragic heart of the opera, the sexy ease between a feisty Figaro (Erwin Schrott) and a sassy Susanna (Miah Persson) is starkly absent. However, the tenacious spark between Marcellina (Graciela Araya) and Bartolo (Jonathan Veira) suggests what might yet be rekindled. The production is superbly complemented by the beauty of Paule Constable’s lighting and Tanya McCallin’s evocative sets. Antonio Pappano conducts (and accompanies the recitatives) with invigorating wit and emotional depth.

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Figaro: Erwin Schrott
Susanna: Miah Persson
Count Almaviva: Gerald Finley
Marcellina: Graciela Araya
Barbarina: Ana James
Cherubino: Rinat Shaham 

The Royal Opera Chorus
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Conductor: Antonio Pappano
Stage Director: David McVicar
Set and Costume Designer: Tanya McCallin
Lighting Designs: Paule Constable
Movement Director: Leah Hausman

Picture: 16:9
Sound: DTS Surround 5.0 / LPCM Stereo
Format: NTSC
Region code: 0 Worldwide
Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/ES/IT
Running Time: 184 mins
Recorded: 2006

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