Deep down, as with many of Mozart's comedies, "The Marriage of Figaro" isn't as funny as it first seems, with plenty of telling human foibles, weaknesses, heartbreak and even treachery, all lurking beneath a slapstick veneer — and illuminated by page after page of glorious music.
On World of Opera, host Lisa Simeone presents "The Marriage of Figaro" from the Royal Theater in Turin. The stars are sopranos Camela Remigio and Ekaterina Bakanova as the Countess Almaviva and her maid Susanna, and basses Micro Palazzi and Vito Priante as Figaro and the Count, respectively. Conductor Yutaka Sado leads the Teatro Regio Orchestra and Chorus.
Figaro: Mirco Palazzi (bass)
Countess Almaviva: Carmela Remigio (soprano)
Count Almaviva: Vito Priante (bass)
Susanna: Ekaterina Bakanova (soprano)
Bartolo: Abramo Rosalen (bass)
Cherubino: Paola Gardina (mezzo-soprano)
Barbarina: Arianna Venditelli (soprano)
Basilio: Bruno Lazzaretti (tenor)
Antonio: Matteo Peirone (bass)
Don Curzio: Luca Casalin (tenor)
Teatro Regio Orchestra and Chorus
Yutaka Sado, conductor