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David Shengold
Opera News, July 2016

MOZART, W.A.: Nozze di Figaro (Le) (Staatsoper unter den Linden, 1999) (NTSC) 111110
MOZART, W.A.: Nozze di Figaro (Le) (Staatsoper unter den Linden, 1999) (Blu-ray) 111111

[Röschmann’s] utterly delightful: spirited, sensual, vocally fresh and often enchanting—a shade less so at her range’s bottom. Röschmann uses the text with precision and wit.

Trekel—joli laid, given to facial exaggeration—towers (physically) over all, even Pape. His Kavalierbariton was in good shape; though he practices Fischer-Dieskau-style textual overarticulation, his line is less explosively drawn. Pape’s working class hero Figaro—beshorted with a tool belt plus ski cap covering long stringy hair—proves very animated and well vocalized, …Risley sings attractively. © 2016 Opera News Read complete review



Richard Kraus
MusicWeb International, April 2016

Roman Trekel is an effective Count. He sings with some real menace, reminding you that he is the villain of the piece, and not just a smooth baritone singing prettily.

Emily Magee is paired well as Countess, holding onto her dignity with desperation. Patricia Risley is a good Cherubino, upon whom the most slap-stick moments of this production are displaced. Other roles are also well sung, including Kwangchul Youn’s Bartolo. The luxuriousness of the casting is suggested by having Peter Schreier sing Don Basilio.

…a very well sung and faultlessly paced production… © 2016 MusicWeb International Read complete review





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