The Marriage of Figaro

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The Marriage of Figaro
by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Portrait by Doris Stock, 1789
GenreOpera buffa in 4 acts
Native titleLe nozze di Figaro
LibrettistLorenzo Da Ponte
Based onThe 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 and nearly every scene received an encore, which made the performance so long that the Emperor did not like this and wanted it to stop.[1]

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]

The opera is set in the palace and gardens of Count Almaviva in Seville, Spain. Figaro, Count Almaviva's servant, is on the eve of marrying Susanna, the Countess' maid.

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 so angry.

With Susanna and his friends, he opposes the Count's intentions. Almaviva is forced to beg his wife's forgiveness.

References[change | change source]

  1. Roberts, Ashley (2018-02-15). "The opera that received encores for almost every scene | Opera Grand Rapids". Opera Grand Rapids. Retrieved 2018-02-26.