Tag: Ponnelle

Mozart – Le Nozze di Figaro / Metropolitan Opera, 1985 (1)

This production of Figaro was designed by Jean-Pierre Ponnelle (it’s distinct from the film version of the opera that Ponnelle made in 1976) and peformed at the Met. I have it because it’s part of my Interminable Metropolitan Opera Box Set of Death which I have been wading through since, like, January or so. But it’s not half bad. Actually, it’s pretty great, music-wise.

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La Clemenza di Tito / Troyanos, Neblett, Malfitano et al. / Rome 1980 (3)

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There were parts of this that I liked more than others. Catherine Malfitano as Servilia was rather sweet – but she didn’t have much to do most of the time other than cock her head and look concerned (there was enough of this that at times it was more wobbling her head and looking concerned, but I’m not sure that this is entirely Malfitano’s fault). I enjoyed listening to Kurt Rydl (Publio)’s voice, but this is not the type of production that attempts to make Publio interesting, so he wasn’t, very much. But the sound was nice.

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La Clemenza di Tito / Troyanos, Neblett, Malfitano et al. / Rome 1980 (2)

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As mentioned, this DVD was filmed amid real Roman ruins in Rome. And it’s a movie of an opera, not a DVD of a performance – the action moves around several different areas, none of which is a stage as such. (I think the audio and the video were recorded separately, too. For one thing, it doesn’t sound as if it’s being performed outside. For another, you can see little blips in the synching here and there. And finally, that would have to be a mighty mobile orchestra that maestro Levine was conducting.)

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