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.
This 2010 performance from San Francisco Opera features Luca Pisaroni as Figaro and Danielle De Niese as Susanna. Rounding out the lead roles are Catherine Cook (Marcellina), John Del Carlo (Dr. Bartolo), Lucas Meachem (Count Almaviva) and Greg Fedderly (Don Basilio). Conductor Nicola Luisotti leads from the pit.