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The Marriage of Figaro (1949)

Figaros Hochzeit (original title)
Shortly after WWII, the DEFA Studios produced a series of operas and operettas which belonged to the classical German musical heritage. This enchanting film, the very first opera production... See full summary »

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... Susanna
Willy Domgraf-Fassbaender ... Figaro (as Willi Domgraf-Faßbaender)
... Gräfin Rosine
Mathieu Ahlersmeyer ... Graf Almaviva
Elsa Wagner ... Marcellina
Victor Janson ... Dr. Bartolo
Alfred Balthoff ... Basilio
Franz Weber ... Don Curzio
Ernst Legal ... Antonio
Willi Puhlmann ... Cherubino
... Barbarina (as Ursula-Katharina Meyberg)
Theodor Vogeler ... Schreiber
... Susanna (singing voice)
Tiana Lemnitz ... Gräfin (singing voice)
Margarete Klose ... Marcellina (singing voice)
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Shortly after WWII, the DEFA Studios produced a series of operas and operettas which belonged to the classical German musical heritage. This enchanting film, the very first opera production of DEFA, stands out because of its lavish decor and costumes, its outstanding actors and their masterful voices of that time. Written by DEFA Film Library

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2 November 1950 (USA)  »

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Le nozze di Figaro
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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great, and almost forgotten ... performance
14 April 2015 | by See all my reviews

Well, with THREE excellent, female singers - Erna Berger, Tiana Lemnitz and Margarete Klose - one can hardly go wrong, with this film/performance. The conductor is Artur Rother, who was famous/infamous for his very-quick tempos, in certain Met Opera performances, but HERE, his tempos are well-chosen! ... The males are Willi Domgraf-Fassbaender, and as "Graf" ... an excellent baritone, Mathieu Ahlersmeyer. Ahlersmeyer, in particular, lends a very-fine CHARACTER to the role; the latter, and his unique and easily-recognizable timbre make this a "Graf" to remember. To be honest, it's difficult to find an audio-only performance (except, possibly, for the old Kleiber one) that approaches, or matches, this one.


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