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  • Actors: Ingvar Wixell, Claire Watson, Reri Grist, Walter Berry, David Thaw
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: German, English, French, Italian, Spanish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Arthaus
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Sept. 2003
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000C084O
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 103,726 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Another Salzburg classic with Karl Bohm at his fluent, crisply-phrased best, a lively Gunther Rennert staging, and a cast of already historic Mozart voices. Performance ***** Picture & Sound *** --BBC Music Magazine,Feb'12

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Evans on 27 Jun. 2005
Format: DVD
I have three DVDs (Gardiner, Harnencourt and this Bohm) several CDs (including Gui, Davis) and I have seen many productions. This has long been my favourite production. I understand some people's irritation with Ponnelle's voice-over techniques, but they seem to me legitimate in a film. Hardly anywhere does the filming seem to interfere unnecessarily with the music. Savour this for its performances, particularly Fischer-Dieskau and Prey, Te Kanewa, Freni and show-stealing Ewing. If you have any doubts about the quality of the production watch Act II and see the way the sub-texts, highlighted in the music, are made comically evident. I admit the last act is something of an anti climax to the middle acts - but then perhaps it is in actuality. This production convinced me once again that Figaro is perhaps the greatest opera ever written. Perhaps not my favourite - that would perhaps be Cosi - but by far the most densely figured and socially perceptive of operas, certainly the most perfect marriage of music, theatre and narrative. I know it is often said that Da Ponte softened Beaumarchais' social comment. There's plenty in Mozart's and Da Ponte's work if more subtly featured. None is missed in this DVD.
I love the rich, dark Harnencourt Figaro and have fallen in love with Alison Hagley's Susanna (a lighter and more mercurial Susanna that the measured calm of Freni) in the Gardiner; but if you can only have one, then do not miss the Ponnelle. If you already have the video, as I had, rest assured the quality leap of the DVD is worth the expense.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By David on 22 Sept. 2007
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I cannot rate this film of perhaps my favourite Mozart Opera highly enough. It has everything ... beauty, wit, charm and above all the depth of the passion is brought out through the beauty of the music so eloquently performed by the artists.

The only very slight criticism I have is that Susanna looks so similar to Cherubino!!! A very minor detail.

Please do choose this as your first option you really will not regret it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By P. Pieters on 24 Jun. 2007
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What struck me most in this Nozze di Figaro is the fun Mirella Freni has as Suzanna. She is realy enjoying herself. And that works very infectious. Mirella Freni is the star of this Nozze di Figaro. The rest of the cast is also appealing. Karl Böhm doesn't rush the story but supports it with beautiful playing. The story is filmed as a movie. Voice-overs are a movie technique. They don't bother me. You hear what people are thinking. A very recommended Nozze di Figaro.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bonzo on 14 Feb. 2012
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The received wisdom is that a 1966 Salzburg Festival production of Le Nozze di Figaro will surely be unbearably outdated and will contain wooden performances with little directorial intervention/invention. Think again. This production has THE perfect cast, both musically and visually. Claire Watson in the role of the Countess was one of the world's great sopranos, and was at the height of her powers here. 'Dove sono' had me on the verge of tears. Sadly, although she was 39 at the time of this recording, she had only a further 20 years to live. Reri Grist is thankfully still with us; she is a superb Susanna, beautiful, playful, seductive AND hits all the notes with exquisite ease. Walter Berry is the perfect foil, and a genuine comic turn. Ingvar Wixell is a truly villainous Count, dominating the stage with his furious outbursts, and Edith Mathis, playing Cherubino, is at once sexy and boyish. Karl Bohm's conducting is a revelation. I had always associated him with rather dour performances of Mozart symphonies but in this performance the rhythmic energy is palpable, making the 3 hours duration whiz past. I guess some may take issue with singers bowing to the audience after arias, but to me that just made it more charming. I rapidly adapted to the dated black and white imagery, and the sound is remarkably good for its age.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Joyce TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 Sept. 2012
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A number of excellent DVD versions of Mozart's great opera are available on Amazon (my personal favourites are the two Glyndebourne performances, from the 70s and 90s respectively), but as far as I am aware, this is the only filmed "studio" performance. The direction is by Jean-Pierre Ponnelle and the sets and costumes are both ravishingly beautiful and conventional. The production is in fact resolutely traditional, apart from the fact that in some arias, we hear the characters' "thoughts" while the singers's lips remain closed; it's a nice idea, but as opera is hardly a realistic medium to start with, it all seems a bit pointless. Another odd moment (and I'm not sure that this isn't a fault) is that the film "freezes" for a few moments during the great sextet. Still, this is an excellent "Figaro "and from a musical point of view, it is outstanding.

Karl Böhm was one of the great Mozart conductors and his four principal singers could hardly be bettered, even if a couple of them appear a little long in the tooth for their parts in unforgiving close-up. The best performance comes from Mirella Freni as Susanna, but Kiri te Kanawa sings gorgeously as the Countess and Fischer-Dieskau is an aristocratic, slightly over-emphatic Count. Hermann Prey had one of the most beautiful baritone voices of his generation and he copes with ease of Figaro's low tessitura and endows the part with both geniality and passion. Maria Ewing is a suitably coltish Cherubino, while the supporting roles are in the capable hands and voices of a choice group of character singers, with Heather Begg and Paolo Montarsolo offering us a marvellously grotesque double act as Marcellina and Bartolo.

This is not a perfect "Figaro", but you would struggle to find a better cast and I defy anyone not to enjoy it!
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