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Watch the trailer for Yannick Nézet-Séguin's new Marriage of Figaro recording

Robert Rowat

"It's love, it's sex. It's fun, also." That's how soprano Sonya Yoncheva describes Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro) in the trailer for Deutsche Grammophone's new recording of the opera, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, due out July 8. And you know what? She's right!

Watch the trailer below; pre-order the album here.

Yoncheva, who sings the role of the Countess, is part of a cast of singing stars rallying around Nézet-Séguin and tenor Rolando Villazon for this, the fourth in their series of seven Mozart operas for the renowned German record label. Rounding out the cast are:

– Luca Pisaroni, Figaro.
– Christiane Karg, Susanna.
– Thomas Hampson, the Count.
– Angela Brower, Cherubino.
– Maurizio Muraro, Bartolo.
– Anne-Sofie von Otter, Marcellina.

The operas in this series are produced in collaboration with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and the Baden-Baden Festspielhaus, where the recordings take place.

"Of course, it's a farce, it's a comedy, it's people hiding from each other," says Nézet-Séguin, explaining why The Marriage of Figaro is so popular. "And yet, underneath, in the orchestra there's always this woodwind and there's always this violin line which breaks your heart."


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