Choose Your Favorite Figaro

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Today we are celebrating what many have called a "perfect" opera: Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro. So our Showdown asked: who is your perfect Figaro? We offered three great versions of his popular Act I aria, "Non piu andrai" and you chose one by Samuel Ramey.

 

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Bryn Terfel:

Samuel Ramey:

Lorenzo Regazzo:

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Comments [5]

Emily Hastings Keene from Jersey Shore

I agree with Bruce K.

Nov. 13 2013 11:07 AM
Les from Miami, Florida

My favorite Figaro is Eric Kunz with von Karajan conducting the Vienna Philharmonic. His timbre and pronunciation really do it for me. My next favorite is Ezio Pinza with Ettore Panizza conducting the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, though I realiza there are many who would reverse the order of preference.

Nov. 13 2013 09:43 AM
Tim Brown from Washington DC

There have been many great Figaro's over the years and this contest could have dozens of contenders. After listening to the samples of the three candidates presented today I vote for the singer I've not heard of before - Lorenzo Regazzo.

Nov. 13 2013 09:17 AM
af from Nassau County, Long Island

Thomas Allen should have been on the list. He is better known in this opera for his role as the Count, but he has also recorded and sung the role of Figaro on stage.

Nov. 13 2013 04:15 AM
bruce K from chicago

Hermann Prey should have been on the list- Terfel and Ramey can't hold a candle to his artistry and musicianship

Nov. 13 2013 12:51 AM

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