Live Recording from The Teatro Del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, 2003
Patrizia Ciofi (Susanna), Giorgio Surian (Figaro), Lucio Gallo (Il Conte di Almaviva), Eteri Gvazava (La Contessa di Almaviva), Marina Comparato (Cherubino), Giovanna Donadini (Marcellina), Eduardo Chama (Bartolo), Sergio Bertocchi (Basilio), Carlo Bosi (Curzio), Gianluca Ricci (Antonio), Eleonore Contucci (Barbarina)
In his 2003 production for the Maggio Musicale in Florence, director Jonathan Miller invested the complex relationships between the characters with countless tiny erotic charges and even obvious sexual symbols. The artistic director of the renowned Maggio Musicale festival Zubin Mehta brings out not only the tension and drive of the music but also its harmonic richness.
The singers all belong to the international opera scene and not only provide excellent vocal quality but also strong acting skills, which help to tell the gripping story with its many disguises, mix-ups and discoveries: Russian soprano Eteri Gvazava – internationally recognised since her sensational Traviata à Paris fi lming partnering José Cura - is wonderful to watch and to hear in the role of the sad but contriving Countess Almaviva. Patrizia Ciofi , the Italian belcanto star is Susanna with all her intriguing acting skills and her pointed vocal intensity. Lucio Gallo who plays the evil character in this plot is one of the foremost Italian baritones. The title role is sung by Giorgio Surian, a bass-baritone who started off on the Italian opera scene, but has since made a steady career on international opera stages.
Sound Format: PCM Stereo, DD 5.1, DTS 5.1
Picture Format: 16:9
DVD Format: 2 x DVD 9, NTSC
Subtitle Languages: IT (Original Language), GB, DE, FR, ES
Running Time: 181 mins
“Performed in Florence's barn-like Teatro Comunale, this is a big-boned, loud Figaro, with weighty playing to match. Comparato's Cherubino is the subtlest of a robust cast.”
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