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2016, Teatro alla Scala Milan, Nozze di Figaro

Le Nozze di Figaro

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Librettist: Lorenzo da Ponte after Beaumarchais
Venue and Dates: Teatro alla Scala
8, 10, 16, 19, 24, 27 November 2016
Conductor: Franz Welser-Möst
Staging: Frederic Wake-Walker
Sets and Costumes: Antony McDonald

Performers:

Conte di Almaviva: Simon Keenlyside
Contessa di Almaviva: Diana Damrau / Eleonora Buratto (19 November) / Julia Kleiter (24 Nov)
Susanna:  Golda Schultz
Figaro:  Markus Werba
Cherubino:  Marianne Crebassa
Marcellina:
Bartolo: Andrea Concetti
Don Basilio/ Don Curzio: Kresimir Spicer
Barbarina: Theresa Zisser
Antonio: Andrea Concetti
First Contadina:
Second Contadina:

 

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Sound Bites

Ieri, Oggi, Domani, Opera!, Stefano de Ceglia, 22 November 2016

(in Italian)

“…..It was a pleasure to hear Simon Keenlyside, who I had never heard live before. He has a notable career under his belt and his voice shows some “symptoms of age”, but has kept its strength, its mid-range of considerable power and a solid technique which allows him to work against these limitations most of the time…..”

Mundoclasico.com, Jorge Binaghi, 21 November 2016

(In Spanish – translated by Gudrun)

More than mediocre ‘Nozze’ with two luxurious aristocrats

“….Fortunately, although this seems neither in the spirit of Beaumarchais’ original work  (nor, I’m afraid, in the spirit of DaPonte), the aristocratic couple stood out by far from the rest. Keenlyside’s Count has become an institution, and he demonstrated why from his first recitative to his marvellous ‘Contessa, perdono’. The voice projected without any difficulty, both in passages with orchestra and in recitatives; his singing and acting (even with a stage direction like that) were an example of how this Mozart character should be played today. His aria was the first one of the evening that set off applause, and fully deservedly so. I don’t know why this time he didn’t do the trill at the end but to point out this fact is pure meanness on my part.
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…..The great duet between the countess and count in the second act was one of the few authentic moments of the evening……”

Seen and Heard International, José M. Irurzun, 27.11.16

“Diana Damrau and Simon Keenlyside are superb in Milan’s Le nozze di Figaro”

“….Simon Keenlyside did an excellent job as the Count. His stage performance was impeccable, and he did well in vocal terms, shining in the aria ‘Hai gia vinta la causa’……….”

 Opera Magazine, Emanuele Senici, February 2017 issue  (fee payable)

“….It was a pleasure to hear Simon Keenlyside return to a role perfectly suited to his vocal means: he sang the Count with great authority, remarkable psychological insight and subtle inflections…..”

Opera News, Stephen Hastings, 11.10.16

“…Even as expert a Mozart interpreter as Simon Keenlyside, who first played Count Almaviva in 1988 and appeared at La Scala in Strehler’s production in 1997, had difficulty in making sense of a nobleman whose social status was consistently undermined, and who was turned much too quickly into a figure of fun—although Keenlyside’s voice responded as suavely as ever to the score’s challenges. …..”

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