Sunday, May 1, 2011

the marriage of figaro

Two hundred and twenty five years ago Mozart directed the first performance of 'The Marriage of Figaro' at the Burgtheater in Vienna. The comic opera became one of his most enduring works despite the controversy over its subject matter and its depiction of a decadent and corrupt aristocracy. The play upon which it was based had been banned in Vienna and Paris because of the way Figaro humiliatingly outwits the Count. This was considered inflamatory and very dangerous in the years leading up to the French Revolution. All of the hullabaloo only served to increase Mozart's fame.

Overture 'Le nozze di Figaro, ossia la folle giornata' (The Marriage of Figaro, or The Day of Madness), K. 492


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