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Le nozze di Figaro (1976)

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Cast overview:
Hermann Prey Hermann Prey ... Figaro
Mirella Freni Mirella Freni ... Susanna
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau ... Il Conte di Almaviva
Kiri Te Kanawa Kiri Te Kanawa ... La Contessa di Almaviva
Maria Ewing Maria Ewing ... Cherubino
Paolo Montarsolo Paolo Montarsolo ... Bartolo
Heather Begg Heather Begg ... Marcellina
John van Kesteren John van Kesteren ... Basilio
Hans Kraemmer Hans Kraemmer ... Antonio
Janet Perry Janet Perry ... Barbarina
Willy Caron Willy Caron ... Don Curzio
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Comedy | Music | Romance

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Country:

West Germany

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

1976 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

The Marriage of Figaro See more »

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UNITEL See more »
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Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Version of Die Hochzeit des Figaro (1967) See more »

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Generally excellent!
4 February 2003 | by standardmetalSee all my reviews

Despite the rather old-fashioned German romantic approach that Böhm takes to the music, this is certainly the most satisfactory recording, with a stellar cast, of the opera. I thought that Maria Ewing was especially convincing as the boy Cherubino and Fischer-Dieskau, Prey, Freni and Te Kanawa both sang and acted beautifully. If you prefer a modern musicological approach, then try elsewhere but for a cast of stars near their peak, this is the one.

But I am reminded by another review, that there is one annoying feature of this film: this is the tendency to make everything more "realistic" by having the characters keep their mouths closed while their pre-recorded voices continue to sing. I find this unconvincing and I think the director should have accepted the fact that singing in real situations is not realistic.

Forget realism; this is opera!

8-10


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