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Figaro is probably the angriest person in this opera. With the possible exception of the count, the most anyone else ever gets, as far as I can tell, is agitated. Which brings me to the Countess (Carol Vaness).
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.
I bought this on a whim, because the idea of Janet Baker as Vitellia was too intriguing to pass up. Also because in every other performance I’ve heard of this, Vitellia is sung by a soprano rather than a mezzo and I figured the recording might be interesting for that reason too. As it turns out, this recording is interesting for many reasons.