, October 2012
“Le Nozze di Figaro” comes from a 1966 performance and is in the tradition of opera as it was presented then: full scenery, period costumes, and no “concept” to distract from the plot or characterizations.
The cast is a solid one with Ingvar Wixell (Count), Claire Watson (Countess), Reri Grist (Susanna), and Walter Berry (Figaro). Their acting is believable, as are (once again) the period costuming and scenery. Although…the film is in black and white, it adds to the charm of a human story told in a human setting. The conductor is Karl Bohm.
“La Clemenza di Tito” (2003) is an excellent example of the director who hates the work. That is to say, when one does not trust the work done traditionally to please a modern audience, one decides to stage it in a surreal setting with modern dress and props. Yes, Mozart staged it in modern dress, which happened to be the gorgeous court costumes of his day. The eye was not cheated as is today’s eye as it gazes upon white shirts and black slacks with a chorus dressed as modern tourists. © 2012 Art Times Read complete review