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Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro [Barbara Frittoli, Ludovic Tézier, Ann Murray, Luca Pisaroni/Paris Opera/Philippe Jordan] [Blu-ray] [2012] [Region Free]

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This DVD has been shortlisted for the Opera Awards 2013 in the DVD catagory. The legendary production by Giorgio Strehler filmed at the Paris Opera with a cast that unites the finest Mozartians of our time. A revival of Strehler's 'Marriage of Figaro' is always an event. In 2010, 37 years after its creation, it rose again in triumph at the Opera Bastille with a new generation of performers: Ludovic Tézier (Count Almaviva), Barbara Frittoli (Countess), Ekaterina Siurina (Susanna), Luca Pisaroni (Figaro) and Karine Deshayes (Cherubino). Conductor, Philippe Jordan directs the Orchestra and Chorus of the Paris Opera. Also in this bonus edition, there is an interview with Humbert Camerlo who has worked extensively with Giorgio Strehler and achieved this staging for the revival, which continues from September 15 to October 25, 2012 at the Opera Bastille for 14 special performances. "The Marriage of Figaro is a masterpiece. More at the Paris Opera where, in 1973, Italy's Giorgio Strehler (1921-1997) created a staged entry into legend. Thirty-seven years later, the Bastille is still a triumph."


Diana Damrau ha splendidamente debuttato nella parte di Susanna. --Corriere della sera

This is the perfect DVD for those who like a traditional approach to Mozart. **** --Opera Now,Dec'11

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A Very French Figaro 10 Nov. 2012
By Joseph L. Ponessa - Published on
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Please ignore reviews dated before the release date October 30th, 2012. They refer to a Milan video, not to the Paris blu-ray.
Mozart picked up musical ideas during the nine months he spent in Paris in 1778 (among them the new genre of the symphonie concertante, invented by Joseph Boulogne, le Chevalier de Saint-Georges). He also soaked up the theatrical atmosphere, dominated already by Beaumarchais. So it is not surprising that there is a very French quality to Mozart's own LE NOZZE DI FIGARO.
Philippe Jordan (age 36), son of the late director Armin Jordan, conducts a lively rendition of LE NOZZE DI FIGARO in October/November of 2010 at the Palais Garnier (Théâtre d'Opéra) in Paris. The pitch and tuning of the French orchestra is unsurpassable, and the harmonies between the singers are enhanced by the pure musical environment in which they are able to perform. French performances tend to the sprightly--Jordan gives us 178 minutes of music at the same house where Solti conducted the piece there in 1980 at 176 minutes. Gardiner was shorter at 170 minutes at the Châtelet in 1993, and Paolo Olmi even shorter at 150 minutes at Lyon in 1996. This blu-ray is shorter because of (a) lively arias, (b) rushed recitatives and (c) regrettably omitting Marcellina's aria in Act IV. Germans like more stateliness in their Mozart, which allows the humorous interplay more elbow-room, with Barenboim in 1999 at Berlin clocking in at 191 minutes, and Harnoncourt in 2006 at Salzburg coming in at 202 minutes.
Giorgio Strehler's Paris production of 1973 held a long run there (where it was filmed in 1980 with Solti conducting), eventually went to Milan (where the video was made in 2006 with d'Arcangelo as Figaro) but then returned to Paris (where this blu-ray was filmed in 2010 with Pisaroni as Figaro). Strehler's direction is very fine, but the staging is bland, and does not transfer to video particularly well.
Luca Pisaroni and Ludovic Tézier sing the two principal male roles in this performance, just as they do on a recent blu-ray from Madrid. They do a superlative job on both blu-rays, and it would be very difficult to decide between them on the basis of singing alone. Susanna is a little stronger in Paris, but the comprimario roles are much better in Madrid (where Marcellina is not deprived of her Act IV aria). The Madrid staging is quintessentially Spanish, with Andalusian architecture and brighter colors, but this opera works in a French milieu too. In the end, the Spanish conductor Jesús Lopez Cobos paces his version with more breathing room for the comedy. Madrid comes in nearly twenty minutes longer, and it pays big dividends in the final act.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Wow 12 May 2013
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Love it, this is my favorite opera Bluray/DVD ever!

Stage is very classy, video and audio quality is very good, and most of all, the singers are very, very, very good.

I was especially blown away by the singing of Barbara Frittoli, in Act 2.

Do not buy remastered Bluray slightly cheaper to save a few $. Audio/Video of them are just plain aweful!

Just get this one and you won't regret it!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
excellent classical production 1 Jan. 2013
By Archie (Ottawa Canada) - Published on
There are many reviews on this site that refer to another production and do not belong here. This review does.

I bought this DVD because of Luca Pisaroni. As is my usual practice, I did not read anything about it before I watched it. I have seen Nozze many times and since this is a recent production I was hoping for a somewhat different interpretation. I was not expecting such a classical production. However, I was very quickly won over due to the general excellence of all concerned. And of course there are Mozart and Da Ponte who made it all possible.

I now know that this is a production modelled, as accurately as possible, on the original production by Georgio Strehler. It was first performed in 1974 for eight seasons, and then revived in 1990 for seven seasons. In the bonus segment, the stage director, Humbert Camerlo was at pains demonstrate how faithfully all the Strehler directions had been followed: placement of cast, set, costumes, lighting, prope etc. So, other than the live cast, this has been tried and tested; and found to be most successful.

The set is very simple: a rectangular box with appropriate construction on the sides and back for each act, and some appropriate props. The orchestra conducted by Philippe Jordan does the necessary very well. I found the orchestral sound a bit louder than usual but it does not overshadow the singing; and to my mind that is a plus because often it is faded into the background -- and Mozart's orchestration is too good to be so relegated.

This is very much an ensemble production with the cast always interacting with each other; although on an individual level they each give virtuosic performances. As a result, this is a very human interpretation and there is no doubt about the personalities and motivations of all the characters.

As I wrote in my review of "Jenufa" from Madrid, I came for one performer and ended with admiration for the whole cast (with some minor reservations about Barbara Frittoli). I should mention them by name: Luca Pisaroni, Ludovic Tezier, Elaterina Siurina, Karine Desahayes, Ann Murray, Robert Lloyd, Robin Leggate and Barbara Frittoli).

So, this is an excellent classical interpretation which is well worth experiencing.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Strehler's glorious 1980 Paris Figaro recaptured. 1 Nov. 2012
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An elegant, traditional production of great visual beauty. The singers and orchestra are excellent. The blu-ray picture brings out clever facial expressions with a clarity that would be impossible in the opera house. (The careless subtitles are the only negative).
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Outstanding Production. 29 Oct. 2013
By Wolfie1756 - Published on
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Le Nozze di Figaro is an opera buffa based on a French play by Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais with an Italian libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte and a musical score by the great composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in 1786. The cast delivers a perfect performance with an extraordinary customs of the time. This hysterical opera has so many parallels with Comedia del Arte characters and Shakespearean literary elements.

In my opinion, this is the best production and thus, I highly recommend it. The opera runs for almost 180 minutes not 136 minutes as described in the amazon website.
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