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At the Opera - 10/20/12 - Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro


Le nozze di Figaro is a comic opera composed in 1786 in four acts by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, with a libretto in Italian by Lorenzo Da Ponte, based on a stage comedy by Pierre Beaumarchais, La folle journée, ou le Mariage de Figaro.

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. Contrary to the popular myth, the libretto was approved by the Emperor, Joseph II, before any music was written by Mozart. Figaro premiered at the Burgtheater in Vienna on May 1,1786. This 1981 recording stars Kiri Te Kanawa, Samuel Ramey, Frederica von Stade, Thomas Allen, Lucia Popp and Kurt Moll. Sir Georg Solti conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

 
Saturday, October 20, 2012

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
8:03p
W.A. Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro - London Philharmonic; Sir Georg Solti, conductor; Label: London/Decca FindBUY
11:00p
11:30p
G. Meyerbeer: L' Africaine: O Paradiso - various; various, conductor; Label: Nimbus Records FindBUY
11:34p
A. Ponchielli: La Gioconda: Cielo e mar - various; various, conductor; Label: Nimbus Records FindBUY
11:38p
G. Puccini: La boheme: Che gelida manina - various; various, conductor; Label: Nimbus Records FindBUY
11:43p
J. Massenet: Manon: Il sogno - various; various, conductor; Label: Nimbus Records FindBUY
11:47p
G. Rossini: Stabat mater: Cujus animam - various; various, conductor; Label: Nimbus Records FindBUY
11:51p
G. Verdi: Il Trovatore: Di quella pira [sung in Swedish] - various; various, conductor; Label: Nimbus Records FindBUY
11:54p
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo - Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor; Label: Naxos; Number: 8550240 FindBUY FindBUY
11:57p
Giacomo Puccini: Edgar, opera: Prelude to Act III - Czecho-Slovack Radio Symphony Orchestra; Ondrej Lenard, conductor; Label: Naxos; Number: 8550240 FindBUY FindBUY

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