Monday, September 19, 2011

Bucharest Philharmonic: Marriage of Figaro Overture

The Bucharest Philharmonic Orchestra performs Mozart's Marriage of Figaro (Overture), Misha Katz conducting.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart composed this comic opera ("Le Nozze di Figaro"), in four acts, and Lorenzo Da Ponte penned the Italian libretto. It is based on a stage comedy by Pierre Beaumarchais, La folle journée, ou le Mariage de Figaro (1784). The opera was first performed at the Burgtheater in Vienna on May 1, 1786, with Mozart conducting while seated at the keyboard.

The setting is a country estate in late eighteenth century Seville, Spain. (The synopsis can be found here.) The overture is a popular favourite with orchestras and audiences the world over, another testament to the genius of Mozart. Some consider this the perfect opera, says a review in the Los Angeles Times:

Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro” has been called the perfect opera. David Cairns, in his keen recent study, “Mozart and His Operas,” goes out on a limb: “For the first time music has found the means of embodying the interplay of living people." No opera by Mozart or anyone else, the British scholar further contends, is so "in total harmony with itself.”

Libretto from The Marriage of Figaro (1786).
Source: Wikipedia


  1. I have always been a passionate Mozart lover. I first saw The Marriage of Figaro in English when I was 15. I didn't know the plot, and the surprises all worked for me. I fell madly in love with the music, bought a recording of the complete opera, and listened every day for a year or so. At the end of that time, I could speak Italian.

  2. Mozart's genius is well deserved. On top of that his opera gave you a wonderful way to learn a beautiful melodic language.


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