November DVD of the Month: Mozart’s Figaro

For the 225th anniversary of Mozart’s death, La Scala Theater presented a new production of Le nozze di Figaro that had been entrusted to the extraordinary director Frederic Wake-Walker.

He focuses the action of this masterpiece on the instability of love: “Le nozze di Figaro presents us with an impossibility – a world where everyone is loving and forgiving.”

The approach to his direction is “elaborate and very innovative” and “also musically, the new production of Figaro is worth a tour to Milan.” (NZZ) “the cast is magnificent.” (Kurier) “… when Diana Damrau enters as the Countess, we get a performance of special gravitas. Even the orchestra under Franz Welser Möst’s baton melts to such grace ”

The artists for this new recording are as follows:

Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, K492
Presented at Teatro alla Scala, conducted by Franz Welser-Möst

Singers are:
Carlos Álvarez (Il Conte), Diana Damrau (La Contessa), Golda Schultz (Susanna), Markus Werba (Figaro), Marianne Crébassa (Cherubino), Andrea Concetti (Bartolo/Antonio), Kresimir Spicer (Basilio/Don Curzio), Anna Maria Chiuri (Marcellina), Theresa Zisser (Barbarina)

Here is the beginning of this Opera, as performed at the Teatro alla Scalla:

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