Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Opera in 4 acts
Stage Director : Jean-Louis Martinoty
Il Conte Pietro Spagnoli
La Contessa Annette Dasch
Susanna Rosemary Joshua
Figaro Luca Pisaroni
Marcellina Sophie Pondjiclis
Conductor : René Jacobs
Recorded at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in June 2004, this Marriage of Figaro was unanimously acclaimed by public and critics alike as a Mozart opera landmark.
Director Jean-Louis Martinoty brings an elegantly intelligent narrative sense to an interpretation in which the protagonists, against a backdrop of magnificent canvases of 18th-century inspiration, are dressed by Sylvie de Segonzac in a palette in which every shade is perfect. Hans Schavernoch’s set suggests an elitist society that is coming apart at the seams.
René Jacobs’s conducting of Concerto Köln is meticulous and perfectly balanced, offering a ravishing use of tonal colour and orchestral dynamics.
A veteran Almaviva, the excellent Pietro Spagnoli plays opposite Annette Dasch’s beauteous Countess. As Figaro and Susanna, Luca Pisaroni and Rosemary Joshua are a truly sparkling couple, while mezzo Angelika Kirchschlager embodies the most divinely troubling of Cherubino.
‘’Angelika Kirchschlager’s Cherubino is both the spirit of love incarnate and a gauche adolescent. Both body and voice ached with grief in the noble presence of Annette dasch’s Countess. And the violins whiplashed the Count’s cruelty, as Pietro Spagnoli’s baritone imperceptibly shifted from honeyed seduction to harshness.’’