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Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro DVD (Vienna Philharmonic)

This luxuriously cast film of Mozart's beloved opera buffa features a host of legendary interpretations, including Kiri Te Kanawa's exquisite Countess Almaviva, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau as her philandering husband, Hermann Prey as the wily title character, Mirelle Freni, a delight as his no less savvy bride Susanna, and Maria Ewing, hilarious as the lovesick page Cherubino. Director Jean-Pierre Ponnelle's imaginative camera-work tellingly emphasizes character and mood in this immortal story of love, intrigue and class struggle, set against the historical background of ancien régime Europe sliding inexorably towards revolution.

Composer: Georges Bizet
Figaro: Hermann Prey
Susanna: Mirella Freni 
Count Almaviva: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Countess Almaviva: Kiri Te Kanawa
Marcellina: Heather Begg
Barbarina: Janet Perry
Cherubino: Maria Ewing

Wiener Philharmoniker
Harpsichord: Philip Eisenberg
Conductor:Karl Böhm
Director: Jean-Pierre Ponnelle

Picture: 4:3
Sound: PCM Stereo / DTS 5.1
Format: NTSC
Region code: 0 worldwide
Running time: 181 mins
Subtitles: IT/EN/SP/DE/FR/CH
Year: 1976