Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro

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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Danielle de Niese as Susanna and Mariusz Kwiecien as the Count in Mozart's 'Le Nozze di Figaro.' Danielle de Niese as Susanna and Mariusz Kwiecien as the Count in Mozart's 'Le Nozze di Figaro.' (Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera)

Join us today at 12 pm to hear the return of the Met's new production of The Marriage of Figaro. This saucy comedy opened the Met season in September and here features a new cast: Erwin Schrott sings the title role of the resourceful valet who must outwit his master before he can marry; Danielle de Niese is his clever fiancee, Susanna; and Mariusz Kwiecien is the lecherous Count Almaviva.

The performance features two major network broadcast debuts: American soprano Rachel Willis-Sørensen, a 2010 winner of the Met National Council Auditions and First Prize winner at this year’s Operalia competition, as Countess Almaviva; and Italian mezzo-soprano Serena Malfi as the pageboy Cherubino.

Richard Eyre's new production updates the opera's setting to 1930s England.

Cast:

Conductor: Edo de Waart
Countess Almaviva: Rachel Willis-Sørensen
Susanna: Danielle de Niese
Cherubino: Serena Malfi
Count Almaviva: Mariusz Kwiecien
Figaro: Erwin Schrott

Comments [6]

Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

Everyone must admire the mastery in his art that Mozart could make even the domestic goings on into a masterpiece that provides fetching melodies, humor and an underlying comprehension of human nature.
All the performers drew from their individual propensities and talents and made this broadcast on e of the most enjoyable. I am a Wagnerian heldentenor and I direct the Richard Wagner Music Institute, where vocal production for singing and stage play spoken drama, including coaching artists in all the Wagner and Shakespeare roles.
At age 10 I started composing music and have completed the operas "Shakespeare" and "The Political Shakespeare," both of which are single protagonist operas, with Shakespeare as the narrator and commentator, both scored for large orchestras. www.WagnerOpera.com Everyone enjoy this most glorious holiday season
and give music its chance to enhance this yearly celebration.

Dec. 20 2014 05:14 PM
Les from Miami, Florida

The opera was as presented had two traditional omissions: Marcellina's and Basilio's arias in Act IV. Curiously, "Dove Sono" was sung before the Sextette in Act III., which is the opposite order from that in Mozart's score. It's possible this was done in accomodation of the "updated" production style, which is ludicrous on the face of it, since the "Count's privilege of mating with his female servants is appropriate only to the time period on which the play and the opera were conceived. I found the Overture in the "Viennese style": that is to say, somewhat slower than "Presto". The pacing throughout was well executed, since the final ensemble was at the same tempo as the Overture, although "Allegro assai" is the tempo marking. The Finale to the Second Act was well-paced, starting with "Allegro" and ending with "Prestissimo". To my hearing, the Countess and Cherubino were a bit on the shrill side, though masterly in character and interaction throughout. "Dove Sono" was slightly and tastefully ornamented in the second strophe. I was a bit underwhelmed with "Non piu` andrai": it seemed to lack verve and authority; and the concluding military tattoo in the brass and timpani similarly was too soft for my taste. Conversely, Figaro's warning to all men in "Aprite..." was insistant and convincing, as was the orchestral accompaniment. Susanna was excellent throughout. It's refreshing and heartwarming to hear relatively new voices thriving and doing justice to an imperishable masterpiece like "Le Nozze di Figaro".

Dec. 20 2014 04:57 PM
Adele F (aka AF) from Nassau County, Long Island

Season's Greetings to all!

Dec. 20 2014 03:46 PM
Ted NMN Cerame from United States

Of all the great and wonderful composers who had their feet on the ground and stretched their arms skyward Mozart is unique in that he came to us from Heaven.
A word about Margaret Juntwait and Ira: When she first replaced the retired Peter Allen I felt disappointed. But as I listened to her I soon liked her and not long after that I came to love her. Without her and Ira the Saturday broad cast would not be the same. So say we all, Ms. Junkwait is a gift to us Opera lovers.
Happy Holidays dear Ms Juntwait and to all.

Dec. 20 2014 03:45 PM
Adele F (aka AF) from Nassau County, Long Island

Season's Greetings to all!!

Dec. 20 2014 03:41 PM
concetta nardone from Nassau

CBC: Hope you are well. Buon'Natale

Merry Christmas one and all.

Dec. 20 2014 07:07 AM

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