Le nozze di Figaro


Mozart Le nozze di Figaro opera to libretto by Lorenza da Ponte. New production directed 2016 by Frederic Wake-Walker at the Teatro alla Scala. Stars Carlos Álvarez (Il Conte d'Almaviva), Diana Damrau (La Contessa d'Almaviva), Golda Schultz (Susanna), Markus Werba (Figaro), Marianne Crebassa (Cherubino), Anna Maria Chiuri (Marcellina), Andrea Concetti (Bartolo / Antonio), Kresimir Spicer (Basilio / Don Curzio), Theresa Zisser (Barbarina), Francesca Manzo (Prima contadina), and Kristín Sveinsdóttir (Seconda Contadina). Franz Welser-Möst conducts the Orchestra and Chorus of Teatro alla Scala (Chorus Master Bruno Casoni). Basso continuo: James Vaughan (piano) and Simone Groppo (cello). Stage and costume design by Antony McDonald; lighting design by Fabiana Piccioli. Directed for video by Patrizia Carmine. Released 2017, has 5.1 dts-HD Master Audio sound. Grade: NA

Neil Fisher, writing in the February 2018 Gramophone (pages 89-91) praises the conductor and orchestra, but complains of hyperactive personal direction as well overly goofy sets and costumes. The official trailer for the production (may vary a bit from the video recording) gives you a pretty good idea about what Fisher is talking about: