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Le nozze di Figaro (1996)


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Cast overview:
Giovanni Furlanetto ... Figaro
Elzbieta Szmytka ... Susanna
Janice Watson ... La Countessa Almaviva
Ludovic Tézier ... Il Conte Almaviva
Francesca Provvisionato ... Cherubino
... Barbarina
Tiziana Tramonti ... Marcellina
Marcello Lippi ... Bartholo
Sergio Bertocchi ... Don Basilio
Gérard Théruel ... Antonio
Jorge Anton ... Don Curzio


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Release Date:

31 July 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Hochzeit des Figaro  »

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1.85 : 1
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a youthful cast (mostly)
27 February 2005 | by See all my reviews

This DVD is from 1994 and is an example of a somewhat conservative approach from the Opera de Lyon which is usually more "far out".

The conductor, Paolo Olmi, is very good in the modern crisp style and the cast is, as usual, a mixed bag. The Figaro is the sterling Giovanni Furlanetto who, at this time, seemed to have a fairly light baritone but he seems quite young here and his voice may have darkened since. I'm unable to determine if he is related to Feruccio Furlanetto who is probably the premiere Leporello of our time but he has done some of the same parts and has appeared in some of the same casts so he well may be. Dramatically, he is certainly a standout as shown especially in his scene and aria "Tutto è disposto" towards the end of the opera.

Susanna (Elzbieta Szymtka) is quite good if less distinctive. The Count (Ludovic Tezier) just seems too young here and his acting rather skin deep and he will not make anyone forget Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau very soon but he is quite adequate. But the Countess (Janice Watson) is really outclassed and comes across as more petulant than regal, with a somewhat weak voice.

Cherubino, the "trouser" role is, however, beautifully done by Francesca Provvisionato especially visually and is the other standout here. The extra arias in the last act are sung by Tiziana Tramonti as Marcellina and Sergio Bertocchi as Don Basilio.

Marcellina is perhaps a tricky character to play since she is spiteful in the beginning and sweet after the recognition scene and I think she might be played a bit differently so as not to suggest a complete change of personality. I also wished they at least had a processional if not a march to the march and danced more to the fandango.

A worthy if imperfect DVD with no real extra features.

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