David McVicar’s resonant production of Le nozze di Figaro is set in 1830s post-revolution France, where the inexorable unravelling of an old order has produced acute feelings of loss.
In the relationship between Gerald Finley’s suave Count and Dorothea Röschmann’s passionately dignified Countess, which lies at the tragic heart of the opera, the sexy ease between a feisty Figaro (Erwin Schrott) and a sassy Susanna (Miah Persson) is starkly absent. However, the tenacious spark between Marcellina (Graciela Araya) and Bartolo (Jonathan Veira) suggests what might yet be rekindled.
The production is superbly complemented by the beauty of Paule Constable’s lighting and Tanya McCallin’s evocative sets. Antonio Pappano conducts (and accompanies the recitatives) with invigorating wit and emotional depth.
Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Stage director: David McVicar
Figaro: Erwin Schrott
Susanna: Miah Persson
Count Almaviva: Gerald Finlay
Marcellina: Graciela Araya
Barbarina: Ana James
Cherubino: Rinat Shaham
The Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House
Conductor: Antonio Pappano
A Royal Opera House production
Running time: 184 mins
Sound: DTS Surround 5.0 / LPCM Stereo
Region code: 0 NTSC