October 2011

on such a night

With Portland Opera’s production of Le nozze di Figaro opening on Friday, I’ve been in constant Mozart mode for the past couple of weeks while I prep my pre-performance talks. During a recent YouTube scavenger hunt, I ran across these clips from “On Such a Night,” Anthony Asquith’s cinematic love letter to Glyndebourne and the 1955 Festival performance of Figaro with Sesto Bruscantini in the title role, Sena Jurinac as the Countess, Franco Calabrese as the Count, and Elena Rizzieri as Susanna. David Knight, who also appeared in Asquith’s 1954 drama, The Young Lovers, plays David Cornell, an American from Chicago attending the opera for the first time.