From the opening notes of the overture to the final curtain, Emilio Sagis classic, triumphant production fully brings to life all the elegant wit and theatricality of Mozarts comic masterpiece. Leading baritone Ludovic Tézier shines as the lustful Count Almaviva who attempts to obtain the favours of Figaros 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.
"An incontestable success full of Sevillian atmosphere. (Tézier) is in exceptional vocal shape and the role suits him perfectly."
--Music Web International'Very fine singing from Ludovic Tézier, Marina Comparato, Raúl Giménez and Soledad Cardosa...This complete version does contains all the arias for the minor characters...and it restores the 11 bars usually omitted form the duet, 'Aprite, presto aprite'.'
**** --BBC Music Magazine, August 2012, Anthony Pryer'This is Mediterranean Mozart, bigger in sound, more emotionally extravagant in manner and somewhat less refined on nearly every level...In the best moments, all of these elements conspire in ways that allow you to enter the looking glass...The loneliness of the Countess so powerfully projected by Barbara Frittoli, becomes so contagious that you feel how torn she must be when resisting Cherubino'.
--Gramophone, July 2012, David Patrick Stearns