Orchestra of the Teatro Real Madrid, Jesús López Cobos (conductor) & Emilio Sagi (director)
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From the opening notes of the overture to the final curtain, Emilio Sagi’s classic, triumphant production fully brings to life all the elegant wit and theatricality of Mozart’s comic masterpiece.
Leading baritone Ludovic Tézier shines as the lustful Count Almaviva who attempts to obtain the favours of Figaro’s bride-to-be, Susanna (Isabel Rey), while Luca Pisaroni gives a feisty performance as Figaro. Conductor Jesús López Cobos masterfully captures the enchanting score. A witty yet profound tale of love, betrayal, and forgiveness.
“This is an attractive 'period' production, staged with bright, warm colours (all the more vivid in Blu-ray). The cast is good with some very fine singing...Barbara Frittoli as the Countess makes a beautiful sound, though her consonants are often underplayed...Emilio Sagi's direction clarifies the action...Jesus Cobos rarely misses a trick”
“this performance doesn't play by the same rules as its elegant Glyndebourne counterparts or its stylish Salzburg cousins. This is Mediterranean Mozart, bigger in sound, more emotionally extravagant in manner and somewhat less refined on nearly every level...[Pisaroni] performance here shows why his Figaro is getting around: he vividly projects the character's inner life, both vocally and theatrically, without any musical distortion.”
“Bravo' to Luca Pisaroni, whose Figaro has everything...Unfailingly sympathetic, Pisaroni has an utterly natural physicality - singer and role seemingly indivisible...Handsome, imposing and velvet-voiced, Ludovic Tezier acts with becoming dignity but insufficient authority...Jesus Lopez Cobos brings refreshing elegance to the performance...there's a good deal to enjoy here and Pisaroni's portrayal is essential viewing.”
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