Le nozze di Figaro

The top of this story is about the Blu-ray version. See information on the 4K Ultra HD version at the bottom. Both entries on the Alphalist link to this story.


Mozart Le nozze di Figaro opera to libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte. Directed 2015 by Sven-Eric Bechtolf at the Salzburg Festival. Stars Luca Pisaroni (Conte Almaviva), Anett Fritsch (Contessa Almaviva), Martina Janková (Susanna), Adam Plachetka (Figaro), Margarita Gritskova (Cherubino), Ann Murray (Marcellina), Carlos Chausson (Don Bartolo), Paul Schweinester (Don Basilio), Franz Supper (Don Curzio), Christina Gansch (Barbarina), and Erik Anstine (Antonio). Dan Ettinger plays piano and conducts the Wiener Philharmoniker and the Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor (Concert Chorus of the Vienna State Opera). Chorus Master was Ernst Raffelsberger; sets by Alex Eales; costumes by Mark Bouman; lighting by Friedrich Rom; directed for TV by Tiziano Mancini. Released 2016, has 5.1 dts-HD Master Audio sound. Grade: NA

The back of the keepcase for this Blu-ray speaks of 2 DVDs. That's a mistake. It appears we will have this title available in DVD, Blu-ray, and 4K Ultra HD! That will give us our first opportunity to compare classical music in the 3 formats using the same real-world material. All the reviews of the live production on this are glowing, so it would appear this is a safe choice to inaugurate 4K in the fine arts.

It will take a while to get this, view it correctly, and especially to get some screenshots in the new format!

In the meantime, here's a EuroArts clip to consider. I sure it doesn't do the video justice, but you can see the updated mise-èn-scene. You can also see a bit of a new "Optional Digital Opera Guide" that would be useful to newcomers to this opera (can't tell exactly how it works):

If you are trying to buy this, be super cautious. With 3 different versions of this floating around, there will be massive opportunity for vendors to make mistakes in the offering and fulfillment of orders.


For the 4K edition: