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Kevin Filipski
The Flip Side, March 2018

One of Mozart’s classic operas is given an intelligent 2004 staging in Paris by director Jean-Louis Martinoty, who understands that Mozart’s characters are anything but cardboard, and that his singers must also be more than capable of plumbing their psychological depths. That they do—led by Austrian mezzo Angelika Kirchschlager’s funny but touching Cherubino—makes this one of the best recent Figaros on the market; the orchestra and chorus, led by conductor Rene Jacobs, are also equal to the task. Hi-def audio and video are first-rate. © 2018 The Flip Side



Dave Billinge
MusicWeb International, March 2018

This wonderful performance comes close to displacing my favourite period Figaro…conducted by Teodor Currentzis. …René Jacobs is a fine and very experienced Mozartian and from the first notes of the overture it is obvious all will be well musically. It is fortunate that the Stage Director Jean-Louis Martinoty, the Set Designer Hans Schavernoch and the Costume Designer Sylvie de Segonzac, all agree that this is an 18th century opera. I have never seen a better looking production or one more supportive of the libretto.

Apart from musical and stage direction the other key aspect of a convincing operatic production is, rather obviously, the singers. In this respect Jacobs is a clear winner because the above cast are not only brilliant singers but all look totally convincing.

The pit orchestra is the excellent Concerto Köln who are one of the many superb period bands on the music scene now. © 2018 MusicWeb International Read complete review





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