Marriage of Figaro



The Marriage of Figaro,with the Italian title: Le Nozze di Figaro, is an opera written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Mozart set to work on “Figaro” in 1785, which had lately created a stir in Paris. The opera has no regular, well-defined plot. It is rather a succession of awkward and humorous situations, calling forth an abundance of sparkling repartee. The imbroglio is “often exceedingly difficult”; even though it is not easy to make clear in reading, it is easy enough to follow on the stage.


This is one of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro,” is performed here by an unknown symphonic orchestra. It’s also the most known master pieces. The picture is one of Mozart himself.

 

The Marriage of Figaro was brought out on May 1, 1786, in face of the most elaborate intrigues against this play; it also received the attention deserved. Even at the rehearsal its success was most decided; the enthusiasm of singers and orchestra rose to fever heat. Michael Kelly (an Irish tenor who was in the cast under the name of “Signor Ochelly”) says: “I remember that at the first rehearsal of the full band Mozart was on the stage, with his crimson pelisse and his gold-banded cocked hat, giving the time of the music to the orchestra. I shall never forget the little animated countenance when lighted up with the glowing rays of genius. It is as impossible to describe it as it would be to paint sunbeams.” Thanks to Mozart’s librettist, Lorenzo da Ponte, he removed “political” content that would have offended the Viennese imperial censors and faithfully translated the rest into Italian. The Marriage of Figaro, as one of Mozart’s masterpieces was a witty yet profound tale of love, betrayal, and forgiveness.

The Marriage of Figaro is set in Count Almaviva’s castle in Seville in the late 18th Century. This opera recounts the further comic adventures of Figaro, first introduced in Rossini’s previous opera, The Barber of Seville in which Count Almaviva, with substantial help from Figaro, wooed and won the lovely Rosine away from her would-be husband, Dr. Bartholo. The Count married Rosine but their marriage went sour because of his philandering. Count Almaviva, has tired of Rosine and pursues the affections of her comely maid Susanna, who is engaged to Figaro. The count attempts to prevent their impending marriage with the help of Marcellina, the housekeeper of Dr. Bartolo, and the count must stoop to begging Rosina’s pardon.

As for the themes of The Marriage of Figaro, it raised concerns of the social class system. This system, since the Middle Ages, put members of the aristocracy in positions of governmental and military power even if they did not merit it. Figaro’s plotting against his master is a usurpation of aristocratic authority. Figaro also continuously expresses his disdain for the aristocracy, letting no opportunity pass for criticizing the upper class. Among other things, he points out their lack of intelligence and their lax morality. Figaro’s monologue contains the most biting criticism of the aristocratic class. In this speech, he specifically points out the randomness that places some people in power over others. “What have you done to earn so many advantages?” he wonders. He provides the only accurate answer: “You took the trouble to be born, nothing more. Apart from that, you’re a rather common type.”


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  1. Laurel

    6 years ago

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    6 years ago

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