Mozart “The Marriage of Figaro” Dudamel and LA Phil Production 5/20/13

May 20, 2013

I went to “Don Giovanni”, 1st one of Mozart-De Ponte trilogy, last year, and went to see the dress rehearsal of this new production of “The Marriage of Figaro”, 2nd one of trilogy, last Wednesday. This trilogy production by Dudamel/LA Phil have been set in Disney Hall, and inviting different cast and staff. The last one will be “Cosi fan tutti”. First of all the costume by Azzedine Alaia in Figaro is just amazingly beautiful. And some of players in the orchestra are wearing red dresses (I love that look!) designed by Alaia, and the orchestra look so differently than usual. This time the orchestra is set in front of the stage (they were behind the stage in Don Giovanni), and it is a great idea that the orchestra is blending with the stage.

Figaro is one of the greatest opera buffa ever written! We know most of arias in this opera by heart, right?? Great tunes, very funny and clever story, fascinating characters…. All of singers are so great in their characters, especially the couple of Count and Countess Almaviva, sung by Christopher Maltman and Dorothea Roschmann. An important role, Cherubino, is sung by Rachel Frenkel, and she did a fantastic job being a boy! And of course Figaro, Edwin Crossley-Mercer, who first came on stage naked in his upper-body (!), and Susanna, Malin Christensson, are a confused and happy couple. Actually it was very interesting and fascinating to see his muscles moving when he sings because Figaro does not have a shirt on.

Dudamel’s conducting and LA Phil’s playing was beautiful, perfect for Mozart! As a piano player I was very impressed by Robert Morrison’s continuo harpsichord playing. First I did not know who was playing, and I learned who it was. His improvisation around recitative is so stylish, sophisticated, fun, and witty! At last it is very interesting to see the different stages in different productions in Disney Hall (Don Giovanni’s stage was designed by Frank Gehry who designed Disney Hall). Is Mozart truly genius?? Yes!

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