Count Almaviva has been making advances toward his wife's maid, Susanna, and everyone knows it. Susanna is supposed to marry Figaro now; the Count wants to delay it. His wife, Susanna and Figaro come up with a scheme to expose the Count.

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Count Almaviva has been making advances toward his wife's maid, Susanna, and everyone knows it. Susanna is supposed to marry Figaro now; the Count wants to delay it. His wife, Susanna and Figaro come up with a scheme to expose the Count.

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14 December 1985 (USA)  »

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13 September 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Marriage of Figaro(or Le Nozze Di Figaro) is one of my favourite operas. This 1985 Met production is great, like a vast majority of Met productions, but for productions I prefer the 1975 film and the 1993 and 1994 productions. The costumes and sets are nice and traditional, Acts 1 and 2 are kept simple and for the better while the garden set and big dresses and jackets are beautiful and sumptuous. Picture quality and sound are mostly very good if sometimes a tad muffled in the sound toward the end of act 1, same with the video directing. The music is wonderful with too many highlights to count, and performed with great style by the ever reliable orchestra and James Levine conducts with brisk precision. The cast are wonderful. Ruggero Raimondi is terrific as Figaro, handsome and hearty with a fine voice and showing once again how extraordinary an actor he is, while Kathaleen Battle is a charming Susanna, Carol Vaness a touching Countess and Frederica Von Stade looking good in trousers while singing like a nightingale and acting with allure. Also there is Thomas Allen as the Count, he is menace and arrogance personified to the max. Basilio, Barbarina, Marcellina, Bartolo and Antonio also perform with no problems. All in all, a great Figaro. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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