Le Nozze di Figaro (2 DVD) - Prey, Freni, Te Kanawa

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Le Nozze di Figaro (2 DVD) - Prey, Freni, Te Kanawa
Artists: Hermann Prey, Mirella Freni, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Kiri Te Kanawa, Maria Ewing
Directors: Jean-Pierre Ponnelle
Writers: Beaumarchais, Lorenzo da Ponte
Producers: Fritz Buttenstedt
Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled
Language: Unknown (DTS 5.1), Unknown (PCM Stereo), Italian (DTS 5.1), Italian (PCM Stereo)
Subtitles: English, Spanish, German, French, Italian
Dubbed: Italian
Region: All Regions
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Number of discs: 2
Rated: NR (Not Rated)
Studio: Deutsche Grammophon
DVD Release Date: June 14, 2005
Run Time: 181 minutes

Mirella Freni, Hermann Prey, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Kiri Te Kanawa, and Maria Ewing star in this Jean-Pierre Ponnelle-directed version of the Mozart opera, with Karl Bohm conducting the Vienna Philharmonic.

Mozart`s Marriage of Figaro is a comedy whose dark undertones explore the blurred boundaries between dying feudalism and emerging Enlightenment. Among dozens of fine Figaros on CD and DVD, few are as finely sung as this one, filmed in 1976 to a soundtrack recorded the previous year.

Herman Prey`s Figaro is admirably sung in a firm baritone and aptly characterized. So too, is his antagonist, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau as the Count perpetually frustrated by the scheming wiles of Figaro and Susanna, here the perky Mirella Freni, who sings and acts like a dream. The Countess is creamy-voiced Kiri Te Kanawa, and the Cherubino, Maria Ewing, looks just like the horny, teenaged page she`s supposed to be. The all-star leads are complemented by worthy supporting singers, the Vienna Philharmonic at the top of its form, and the experienced Mozartian, Karl Böhm conducting a stylishly fleet performance.

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