"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."