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Jan 23, 2008

Opera DVD release "FIGARO" is a first from London's Covent Garden

London's Royal Opera House's first Opera DVD release will be David McVicar's highly-acclaimed production of Mozart's "Marriage of Figaro" on 1 March 2008: to become available on the Opus Arte label - bought by Covent Garden back in May 2007.

One of the company's greatest hits in recent years, McVicar's Figaro is set in a palladian villa. The cast includes Erwin Schrott as Figaro, Miah Persson as Susanna, Gerald Finley as Count Almaviva, Dorothea Röschmann as Countess Almaviva and Rinat Shaham as Cherubino.

Recorded live at the Royal Opera House during the production's original run, Tony Pappano (pictured left) conducted the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House also playing continuo.

One of the greatest productions of Figaro that many of us had seen in decades, well let's face it, ever: "The audience loved it, from Schrott's macho antics all the way down to Cherubino's sewn in genitalia".

The 2-DVD set features interviews with Pappano, McVicar and the principal members of the cast, as well as a 'cast gallery' and synopsis. It has a running time of 184 minutes and has both DTS surround sound and LPCM stereo.


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