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Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro) -- Paris/Gardiner [DVD] [1993] [NTSC] [2001]


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  • Actors: Rodney Gilfry, Hillevi Martinpelto, Bryn Terfel, Alison Hagley, Pamela Helen Stephen
  • Directors: Olivier Mille
  • Writers: Beaumarchais, Lorenzo da Ponte
  • Format: NTSC, Colour, DVD-Video, Subtitled, PAL
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: Spanish, German, French, Italian, Chinese
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Deutsche Grammophon
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Oct. 2001
  • Run Time: 168 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005OATR
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 69,729 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Filmed at the Theatre du Chatelet, Paris
Picture format: NTSC 4:3
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
Sound: PCM Stereo
Menu language: English
Subtitles: Italian, English, French, German, Spanish, Chinese

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It is an oft-repeated saw, about life in the heavenly spheres, that the angels revere Bach but listen to Mozart. If they have DVD players, you can bet they're now watching this stunning production of Le Nozze di Figaro ("The Marriage of Figaro"), which comes about as close to Mozartian perfection as one could possibly hope to get. The faultlessly cast youthful performers bubble with infectious energy. Alison Hagley is a sprightly Susanna with a voice as clear as a bell, and brilliantly matched by a 28-year-old Bryn Terfel both acting and sounding in fine form. Hillevi Martinpelto demonstrates why she is one of the world's favourite Mozart singers with her melting tones, richly coloured voice and generous stage presence, and Rodney Gilfry gives a muscular, wonderfully controlled performance as the Count.

Olivier Mille's direction mixes knockabout comedy and restrained pathos with fluid inventiveness, and there are even--heavens, can this really be an opera?--quite a few belly laughs, and deliciously amusing details. (Susanna's guitar playing during Cherubino's "Voi che sapete" is a comic delight, and Figaro's hidden sneers at Count Almaviva are hilarious.) John Eliot Gardiner draws exquisite playing from his authentic-instrument orchestra and employs tempos that are ideal. Add to that gorgeous 18th-century costumes and effective sets--it doesn't get much better than this.

On the DVD: the production is beautifully realised for home viewing, with clear sound (the sets are simple wooden panels, which continually and flatteringly push the sound to the front) and great camera direction. There are subtitles in Italian, English, French, German, Spanish and Chinese but no other special features.--Warwick Thompson

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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Oct. 2005
Format: DVD
Two words to describe this production of Figaro: The Best. Quite simply the height of achievement in all fronts, from the divine music, to the wonderful orchestral playing, from the lovely staging to the sparkling cast. Apparantly Gardiner isn't that nice a man to work with, but you can't deny his musical talent. He has chosen a wonderful cast and conducts wonderfully; with the English Beroque soloists on top form the music is perfect.
The singers are all perfect for their roles. I've seen countless productions of this opera, and most of these are the best I've seen in their roles. I've not seen a better Figaro, Susanna, Count, Cherubino or Basilio than in this production, and the Barbarina, Marcellina and Countess very nearly saw off all of the others I've seen.
Bryn Terfel shines in the role he was born to play, making Figaro so cunning yet lovable. Alison Hagley plays Susanna to perfection, making her playful yet intelligent. Rodney Gilfry makes a handsome, arrogant Count while Hillevi Martinpelto gives a heartbreaking performance of the countess. Her Dove Sono is a joy to listen to. Pamela Helen Stephen brings the breathless anticipation of youth to her Cherubino. She and Constanze Backes' doe eyed, sexy Barbarina make such an enduring couple. Francis Egerton's Basilio is a true comic tour-de-force - his hair do alone has to be seen to be believed. And Susan McColloch is fabulous as Marcellina; it's a pity her final act aria is cut as her voice is lovely.
Add to all of this great singing, sets and costumes and the divinely human music that is Mozart, you have the best opera DVD you will ever own. Use this to convert non-classical music lovers. If it fails to convert them, check they have a pulse.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Christian Aalling on 29 July 2004
Format: DVD
Although this is a very good Figaro, I think it should be mentioned that it presents a shortened version of the fourth act, leaving out both Marcellina's and Basilio's arias. Presumably, it's done to intensify the flow of the action, but this kind of tampering with the composer's own work is not really my cup of tea. Another, quite different complaint is that the picture quality of the DVD is rather poor. So much for the drawbacks; otherwise this is one of the best opera productions I have seen, with remarkably fine acting and, for the most part, equally fine singing. Alison Hagley is absolutely superb as Susanna, and Rodney Gilfry and Pamela Helen Stephen also shine in the roles of Count Almaviva and Cherubino.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 10 Oct. 2003
Format: DVD
This is probably one of best Mozart's Operas and this recording is a demonstration. The singers are superb especially Terfel's Figaro, Hagley's Sussana and Stephen's Cherubino. The settings are very simple but efficient and in some of the arias really beautiful. Gardiner demonstrates his experience and knowledge of this music reflecting all the beauty of Mozart's music. A must for anyone who enjoys Opera!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By I. Giles HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 18 Feb. 2012
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This recording is now of such an age, dating from as long ago as 1992 that the technical side of the production clearly lags behind the modern recording techniques available today. The screen format is 4:3 and the sound is in simple stereo. The videography is not high definition.

However not every issue should be judged by these criteria alone. There are also musical considerations that may be of such value that they overcome all such obstacles. I believe that this recording is possessed of such considerations.

The whole production, under the experienced and highly expert guidance of the conductor and director Oliver Mille, achieves tremendous and consistent conviction that is absolutely right for the music and its period. Every tempo and every phrase is musically judged to perfection. The sound balance on original types of instruments achieves both cutting edge precision of tremendous verve as well as considerable sensitivity and pathos as required.

The stage setting is minimalist but completely effective allowing for characters to appear, disappear and inter-react with convincing ease. The costuming seems entirely appropriate to the historical period of the opera.

All of this would be as naught of course if the singing and acting of the whole cast fell below the highest standards. This they do not do but conversely the whole production is crowned by superlative singing and acting throughout. Alison Hagley is a Susanna to die for - attractive, the right age, lots of energy and humour, the perfect voice and a natural actress. Terfel is ideally matched to her stage personality as shown here and between them there is truly vibrant communication. Like Terfel, Gilfry has a strong stage presence and his acting ability is matched by equally excellent singing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Allott on 6 May 2008
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This is the best Marriage of Figaro on DVD. Alison Hagley is splendid as Susanna. The Count is as good a count as one could wish. The madre/padre scene is intelligible, well-acted and wonderfully sung. All the cast are to be congratulated; Barbarina's aria is beautiful. Though the staging is stylised and minimal, it is worlds away from some of the modernist, ill-judged rubbish seen recently at Salzburg.
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Wonderful! Terkel looks like a Welsh Rugby international while making an excellent Figaro. Susannah, however, is the star - so sexy. The Count disappoints, with fine singing but stiff acting, and Cherubino's acting was that of a female playing a male (!). The minor characters were superb. The music, played on period instruments, was interesting, and well-balanced with the singers. The whole was played as knockabout farce with commendable and merciful restraint. I loved it.
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