Mozart: Le Nozze Di Figaro
David McVicar's spellbinding production of Le Nozze Di Figaro is set in 1830s post revolution France, where the inexorable unraveling of an old order has produced acute feelings of loss. In the relationship between Finley's suave, dashingly self-absorbed Count and Roschmann's passionately dignified Countess, which lies at the tragic heart of the opera, the sexy ease between a feisty Figaro (Erwin Schrott) and a sassy Susanna (Miah Persson) is starkly absent, the tenacious spark between Marcellina (Garciela Araya) and Bartolo (Jonathan Veira) suggesting what might be rekindled. The striking gravity of the production is superbly complemented by the elegiac late summer beauty of Paule Constable's lighting and Tana McCallin's evocative sets. Antonio Pappano conducts with invigorating wit and emotional depth, allowing the ensemble to capture the moments of dramatic tension to perfection and engaging fully with the rhythm of an already classic production, captured in High Definition video and surround sound.