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Release Date: Wednesday 1 June 2016
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Perhaps no opera is closely and affectionately associated with a single house as Le nozze di Figaro is with Glyndebourne. Effortlessly witty yet shot through with pain and sadness, this deeply ambivalent life in the day of masters and servants as they scheme and outwit one another was Glyndebourne's opening production in 1934. Michael Grandage's staging is the seventh, set in a louche Sixties ambience. Marshalled by the 'ideal pacing' of Robin Ticciati, a youthful cast of principals has 'no weak link' and 'looks gorgeous' (The Sunday Times) in a production that continues Glyndebourne's rewarding history of engagement with Mozart's and da Ponte's 'day of madness'.
Glyndebourne's "signature" work, Le nozze di Figaro was the opening production when the theatre re-opened in 1994.
The production is set the 1960s/70s.
Extra features include: 'The Greatest Opera Ever Written' and 'From page to stage'.
Running time: 180 minutes
Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS
"Grandage's 2011 Glyndebourne production excels where it matters: in the truthfulness and warmth of these very human characters' interrelationships...Priante is simply the best [Figaro] I've seen...Ticciati, drawing a non-stop vivacity from the OAE, with horns splendidily vivid, gives his singers space when they need it." (BBC Music)
"Ticciati paces almost everything superbly, with good, flowing speeds for the letter duet and 'Deh Vieni'. There are no weak links in the predominantly young cast...Matthews as the Countess is outstanding." (Gramophone)
"The absolutely natural stage action eschews slapstick and vulgarity and the singers seem more than happy to adapt...[Priante's] stage presence and singing are extraordinary...Teuscher's Susanna is a rich-voiced, non-soubrette, observant Countess-in-the-making...Leonard's Cherubino is perfect - boyish and sassy and nimble." (International Record Review)
"Priante is a superb Figaro, perfectly focused of voice and with great stage presence...Teuscher provides a perfectly idiomatic, light-voiced but intensely human Susanna...The OAE is on blistering form throughout...It is fitting that Glyndebourne's most recent Figaro has been captured so effectively" (MusicWeb)