In a possibly fictional movie moment from the bio-pic film "Amadeus," Mozart exclaims that his sneaky comedy The Marriage of Figaro, is "the best opera yet written!" While the quote may be apocryphal, Mozart's Figaro truly is an incomparable blend of comic high jinks and the emotional complexities bred by commonplace, human foibles.
On World of Opera, host Lisa Simeone presents The Marriage of Figaro from London's Royal Albert Hall and the 2012 Proms concerts. The stars are sopranos Sally Matthews and Lydia Teuscher as the Countess Almaviva and her maid Susanna, and baritones Vito Priante and Audun Iversen as Figaro and the Count, respectively. Conductor Robin Ticciati leads a performance that also features the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
Conductor: Robin Ticciati
Figaro: Vito Priante (baritone)
Countess Rosina: Sally Matthews (soprano)
Count Almaviva: Audun Iversen (baritone)
Susanna: Lydia Teuscher (soprano)
Bartolo: Andrew Shore (bass)
Cherubino: Isabel Leonard (mezzo-soprano)
Barbarina: Sarah Schafer (soprano)
Basilio: Alan Oke (tenor)
Antonio: Nicholas Folwell (baritone)
Don Curzio: Colin Judson (tenor)
Glyndebourne Festival Chorus
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment