The Marriage of Figaro
|The Marriage of Figaro|
|by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart|
Portrait by Doris Stock, 1789
|Genre||Opera buffa in 4 acts|
|Native title||Le nozze di Figaro|
|Librettist||Lorenzo Da Ponte|
|Based on||The Marriage of Figaro by Pierre Beaumarchais|
1 May 1786
Le nozze di Figaro, ossia la folle giornata (The Marriage of Figaro, or The Day of Madness) is an opera buffa with music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and an Italian libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte. The opera premiered at the Burgtheater, Vienna on 1 May 1786. It was well received.
The opera is based on the 1784 French play, La folle journée, ou le Mariage de Figaro by Pierre Beaumarchais. The play was very controversial in its day (and even banned briefly in France), but the play's questionable material was removed and Da Ponte's libretto passed the Viennese censors.
Cast[change | change source]
- Count Almaviva
- Countess Almaviva (soprano), the Count's wife
- Figaro, Count Almaviva's servant and Susanna's betrothed
- Susanna (soprano), the Countess' maid and Figaro's betrothed
- Cherubino, a page boy
Story[change | change source]
Almaviva has long lusted after Susanna. He plans to revive an old aristocratic right permitting a nobleman to deflower a peasant on her wedding night. Figaro is furious.
With Susanna and his friends, he thwarts the Count's intentions. Almaviva is forced to beg his wife's forgiveness.