I have seen lots and lots of "Figaro" productions, this one definitely being my absolute favorite. The director, Michael Hampe, is one big exception in a world where most directors think that they have the most important job in the theater. He leaves the story where it belongs (18th century, Spain) and treats it in a charming and musical(!) manner.
Thomas Allen, Ferruccio Furlanetto, Dawn Upshaw and Susanne Mentzer do a great job both as singers and as actors. The only disappointment is Kazarnovskaya as the countess, her tremolo being much too strong.
Haitink is a fine conductor - the tempi are perfect.
Really the best "Figaro" EVER!
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