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Product details

  • Directors: David McVicar
  • Producers: Antonio Pappano
  • Format: Box set, Classical, Colour, PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: OPUS ARTE
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Jun. 2009
  • Run Time: 202 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0028O34SG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 81,151 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

David McVicar's acclaimed 2006 production of Mozart's opera. Antonio Pappano conducts (and accompanies the recitatives) with wit and depth, allowing the ensemble to capture the moments of dramatic tension and engage fully with the rhythm of what is already considered to be a classic production.

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 17 July 2009
Format: Blu-ray
Mozart: Le Nozze Di Figaro [Blu-ray] [2006]

According to Stage Director David McVicar the special thrust of this fine production is the wedding of Figaro representing freedom of choice and not purely contractual considerations as contrasted by Figaro's obligations under his loan agreement with Marcellina: personally I did not notice this emphasis in practice.

The action is placed in post revolution France in 1830, with fairly traditional staging and fine costumes, my only question is that the excellent Susanna of Miah Persson is slightly undermined by elaborate costumes and jewellery that are completely inappropriate for a ladies maid.

The singing is superb, always in sympathy with Mozart's intentions rightly expressed as "a miracle of music" by conductor Pappano in a rather inadequate "making of" documentary.

Erwin Schrott portrays Figaro as a warm and engaging character, costumes apart Miah Persson is a lovely and lively Susanna, and Gerald Finley as Almaviva provides just the right levels of aggression in his callous treatment of his Countess and in his passion for Susanna. Rinat Shaham gives a fascinating performance of the aria "voi che sapete" bringing out all the adolescent longing and uncertainties with a success I have not encountered before.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. John A. Coulson on 24 April 2010
Format: Blu-ray
Nearly all operas have very silly stories but like movies, they can get away with it if acting etc is first class. Well, IMHO The Royal Opera House production of Mozart's "Marriage of Figaro" on Blu Ray has it all:

* excellent traditional & appropriate costuming and sets

* a strong cast of singers with not a weak one among them

* first class acting as well as singing

* well lit and photographed -> BD quality up to the highest standards

* beautiful orchestral playing

* audio up to the best standards available

OK, I'm entranced. To me the opera could not be better performed or recorded. It knocks the other "modernised" quirky DGG version out of the ring. When you experience the opera performed so well with traditional costuming and sets one is at a loss to understand the mentality of producers and directors who want to meddle with what is already a successful formula.

Yes the whole plot is a farce, but it is great music and done with so much aplomb and comedy, it is utterly engrossing. If you like Mozart and his opera, this is a MUST for your collection.

John
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Pettengell on 7 Aug. 2009
Format: DVD
This is the second full version of 'le nozze' I've seen (along with having heard a number of CD recordings), and I must say that I was extremely impressed!

There wasn't a weak ink in the entire cast, but Miah Persson and her flirty Susanna was a particular gem - wonderful, the whole way through. The staging and costumes work very well, pleasing to the eye without distracting from the enfolding drama and comedy.

I would recommend this particular DVD to anyone with full assurance!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R A DALE on 18 Feb. 2014
Format: DVD
I bought this dvd on the strength of the reviews, and found the singing and playing as excellent as so described. The production, however, is pedestrian at least to this viewer, not helped by film cuts that more than once shift from the main singer to minor actors during significant musical moments. Filming staged opera can suffer from this tension, where opting between close-ups and the wider stage is always a problem, i.e. it is seldom good cinema. The worst aspect of this production, however, is that the sound recording of the singers is uneven, varying in its distance to the singer so that the voice is at times in and out of the foreground. And while one reviewer to whom I responded found strength in the acting, for me, I only saw an exaggeration verging on silent screen posing, i.e. silliness.
The return to realism in opera is surely a backward step in light of the important advances that theatre has made in technical innovations, multiplicity of forms and conceptual understanding. And it doesn't have to be an expensive production to achieve profundity.
I am not a fan of the star rating system, so don't the take the three stars seriously. I bought this version mainly on the strength of Finlay and Roschmann and their singing is as I would have expected: wonderful.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Alan M Linfield on 2 July 2010
Format: DVD
Since other reviewers have commented at length on the musical aspects of this production, I will concentrate here on the staging. Technically it is excellent, but I am rather baffled as to why it was chosen to set this in early 19th century France. This would only make sense if the French Revolution had never occurred! As it is, we see what is essentially still a pre-1789 aristocratic household, amazingly surviving into the 19th century completely unscathed, and with all its attitudes and prejudices of the earlier period intact. Surely by 1830 Count Almaviva's plan to reintroduce the 'droit du seigneur' would have been utterly unthinkable with the noise of the mob and shadow of the guillotine in the background?

Unfortunately, musically excellent and visually appealing as this production is, it means it is completely lacking in any historical credibility, which is irritating for a member of the audience with any sense of history, (or indeed of geography - the several references to nearby Seville no longer make any sense).
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