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At The Opera, Mozart: The Mariage of Figaro, February 15, 2014


Le nozze di Figaro or The Marriage of Figaro is an opera buffa (comic opera) in four acts composed in 1786 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, with an Italian libretto written by Lorenzo Da Ponte based on a stage comedy by Pierre Beaumarchais, La folle journée, ou le Mariage de Figaro (1784).

Beaumarchais's earlier play The Barber of Seville had already made a successful transition to opera in a version by Paisiello. Although Beaumarchais's Marriage of Figaro was at first banned in Vienna because of its licentiousness, Mozart's librettist managed to get official approval for an operatic version which eventually achieved great success.

The opera was the first of three collaborations between Mozart and Da Ponte; their later collaborations were Don Giovanni and Così fan tutte. It was Mozart who originally selected Beaumarchais's play and brought it to Da Ponte, who turned it into a libretto in six weeks, rewriting it in poetic Italian and removing all of the original's political references. In particular, Da Ponte replaced Figaro's climactic speech against inherited nobility with an equally angry aria against unfaithful wives. This live performance from 1974 stars Jose Van Dam, Mirella Freni, Frederica von Stade. Herbert von Karajan conducts.

 
Saturday, February 15, 2014

Play List

8:00p
8:00p
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo - Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor; Label: Naxos; Number: 8550240 FindBUY FindBUY
8:10p
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro - Vienna Philharmonic; Herbert von Karajan, conductor; Mirella Freni; Label: Opera D'Oro; Number: 9810 FindBUY FindBUY
11:00p
11:20p
Giacomo Puccini: La Boheme - Act 1 scene - RAI; Thomas Schippers, conductor; Pavarotti Freni Schippers; Label: Opera D'oro FindBUY
11:41p
Giuseppe Verdi: La Traviata - Parigi, O Cara Act 3 - n/a; Nino Verchi, conductor; Jose Carreras; Label: Opera D'Oro; Number: 65441 FindBUY FindBUY
11:56p
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo - Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor; Label: Naxos; Number: 8550240 FindBUY FindBUY

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