Le Nozze di Figaro
Revived for 2013 this superb production has taken on a new lease of life. Beautiful as it was, it is now simply delightful. Why? Well, humour and an energy that were maybe lacking are now there in full force. That and a superb cast. Adam Platechka makes a fine and rather sexy Figaro. Joshua Hopkins gives the Count exactly the right balance of charm and sinister power and Amanda Majeski is simply stunning as the Countess with perhaps all the best arias. But it is Laura Tatulescu who steals the evening with a feisty Susanna, full of energy in both her singing and her physical presence on stage. On first viewing I found the odd 1970s style dancing rather irritating but somehow now it all seems to work, and Michael Grandage seems to have instilled a touch of Mike Leigh to this wholly successful production.
Glyndebourne, 8 June 2013