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Charles H Parsons
American Record Guide, July 2016

…I was surprised by [Pape’s] youthful appearance, buoyant acting, graceful singing, and smiling presence. Trekel’s Count in a dark leather coat bears a scary resemblance to Vladimir Putin, but sings with a vicious presence. Rü is a delightful partner to Pape. She’s all pert cuteness and wit, and she sings with vivacity. Risley’s Cherubino is first-rate, top-drawer. © 2016 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Nicholas Sheffo
Fulvue Drive-in, July 2016

I liked some of this, but did not always think it justified its length despite the amazing talent involved (performed in Berlin with the Staatskapelle Berlin). © 2016 Fulvue Drive-in Read complete review



Huntley Dent
Fanfare, July 2016

There is so much intensity in the acting that your attention is drawn away from the singing… Fortunately, the singing here is above reproach, with all four central roles sung as precisely and beautifully as anyone could wish.

This splendid, splenetic Figaro comes very close to making us feel about real people caught in the throes of their passions and the ruptures of social discord. It’s the best opera video I’ve seen in years. © 2016 Fanfare Read complete review




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




Manuel Ribeiro
Pizzicato, April 2016

With an often silly and at the end rather minimalistic staging, this live recording of Mozart’s ‘Le Nozze di Figaro’ is musically rewarding. © 2016 Pizzicato





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