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Beautifully Phrased

Los Angeles Opera's 'The Marriage of Figaro',
welcomed by MARIA NOCKIN

 

It had taken several years for Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais' play La Folle Journée ou le Mariage de Figaro to pass the censorship requirements, although it was frequently read in private homes. Knowing that, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and his librettist, Lorenzo Da Ponte, kept the political message of the play to a minimum in their opera. Thus, the sung version proved acceptable to the nobility even though the title character wins the dispute with his employer. The opera was premièred at the Burgtheater in Vienna on 1 May 1786, a mere two years after the play was first seen. Having attended a performance of the brand new opera, Hungarian poet Ferenc Kazinczy asked: 'Where could words be found that describe such joy?'

Copyright © 2 October 2010 Maria Nockin,
Arizona USA

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WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART

THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO

LOS ANGELES OPERA

PLACIDO DOMINGO

LORENZO DA PONTE

VIENNA

LOS ANGELES

AUSTRIA

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

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