Le nozze di Figaro
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 3:15PM
Henry McFadyen Jr. in BelAir, Opera

Mozart Le nozze di Figaro opera to libretto by Lorenza da Ponte. Directed 2004 by Jean-Louis Martinoty at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées. Stars Pietro Spagnoli (Il Conte d'Almaviva), Annette Dasch (La Contessa d'Almaviva), Rosemay Joshua (Susanna), Luca Pisaroni (Figaro), Angelika Kirchshlager (Cherubino), Sophie Pondjiclis (Marcellina), Alessandro Svab (Antonio), Antonio Abete (Bartolo), Enrico Facini (Don Basilio), Pauline Courtin (Barbarina), and Serge Goubioud (Don Curzio). René Jacobs conducts the Concerto Köln and the Chœur du Théâtre des Champs Elysées. Set design by Hans Schavernoch; costume design by Sylvie de Segonzac; lighting design by Jean Kalman; choreography by Cookie Chiapalone. Produced by François Duplat; directed for video by Pierre Barré. Released 2017, has 5.1 dts-HD Master Audio sound. Grade: Help!

Why did it take so long for this to come out in Blu-ray? It was recorded in 2004 and released in 2007 in a highly-regarded DVD with 5.1 Dolby Digital.  I usually don't show YT clips in SD.  But I make an exception here with two clips below showing how pretty this production was (note how crude the subtitles look). The question remains whether this older film is good enough to benefit from Blu-ray presentation. If you have seen the new Blu-ray, please give us your opinion on this!

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