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Mozart's Marriage of Figaro

A Short Guide to a Great Opera

Mozart's Marriage of Figaro by Michael Steen
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Although the story of Figaro’s success in preventing the Count of Almaviva’s seduction of his fiancée Susannawas politically explosive, it was tolerated in the court of the relatively enlightened Habsburg Emperor Joseph II. Mozart’s opera,Le Nozze di Figaro,uses a libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte,andwas premièred in Vienna in 1786. It was based on a famous play by the Frenchman Beaumarchais, a sequel toThe Barber of Seville. Characters includingFigaro, the Countess, Cherubino the page, Doctor Bartolo and Barberina the gardener’s daughter sing a succession of famous arias - such asSe vuol ballare, Non più andrai, Dove sono, Porgi amorandVoi, che sapete,to mention but a few - in which Mozart’s musical characterisation is legendary. Written by Michael Steen, author of the acclaimed The Lives and Times of the Great Composers, ‘Short Guides to Great Operas’ are concise, entertaining and easy to read books about opera. Each is an opera guide packed with useful information and informed opinion, helping to make you a truly knowledgeable opera-goer, and so maximising your enjoyment of a great musical experience. Other ‘Short Guides to Great Operas’ that you may enjoy include Così fan tutte, Don Giovanni and The Barber of Seville.
Icon Books Ltd; May 2012
30 pages; ISBN 9781848314597
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Title: Mozart's Marriage of Figaro
Author: Michael Steen
 
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