Jürgen Flimm, the director of Staatsoper Berlin directs his third Figaro, his favorite opera of all in a very good manner. The production is set in Cuba (or a place kind of looks like Cuba), precisely in a vacation house near the beach, where the Count Almaviva and his whole companions take vacation. The stage is nothing spectacular, a room with decaying white wooden walls and a huge cabinet that moves left and right as a supporting prop for many scenes in the opera. In the third act, a little green hill to represent the garden comes in as the setting. The direction of the singers and the supernumeraries are very detailed, many actions take time simultaneously and they're executed brilliantly without too much cheeky comedy or gestures. The prodcution offers nothing new, except solid entertaining night for audience of all ages.
Gustavo Dudamel conducted the music in the right tempo with high energy from the beginning until the end. Pauses for the monologue/dialogue were included and blended perfectly in timing with the actions on stage.
Non so più cosa son brilliantly; effortless and strong as a pure out pour of emotions. Ever since Christine Schäfer 10 years ago in Salzburg, the international public has defnitely never seen a Cherubino this solid. BRAVA!!!
The rest of the cast, epecially Katharina Kammerloher as Marcellina, are solid and make a very great ensemble.
Conclusion: Diamond-solid production with great cast. You can't ask for more than this, actually.
Go to this arte site to see the whole production in HD, available until mid February 2015.