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).|