|The Marriage of Figaro
Everyone knows this famous opera overture. All you kneed to know is that it sets the stage for the great comedic drama that is to follow. The Marriage of Figaro is infused with trickery, loyalty, and commentary on social structure. Mozart's comedic masterpiece is based on the second play in a trilogy by Beaumarchais. Lorenzo da Ponte adapted it for Mozart. Considered dangerous in the decade before the French Revolution, the original play was banned from Viennese stages because of its satiric take on the aristocracy. Happily, Mozart's operatic setting became one of his most famous works, and one of the most popular operas of all time.
The action is a continuation of the plot used as a basis for yet another famous opera, Rossini's The Barber of Seville, but several years later. It can be characterized as a recounting of a single day of madness in the palace of the Count Almaviva, who has lost interest in his wife, the Countess. The Countess (Rosina in Rossini's opera), is unhappy because of her husband's skirt-chasing ways. Dr. Bartolo is seeking revenge against Figaro for thwarting his plans to marry Rosina himself. The Count is a scheming, bullying, skirt-chasing cad. He has given Figaro a job as head servant. Figaro is planning to marry Susanna, another servant in the household. But, the Count is trying to exercise his feudal right as a lord to bed her, a girl beneath his station, on her wedding night ~ before her husband has the chance. He presents one excuse after another to delay their wedding ceremony, which is arranged to take place on this very day of madness.
Figaro, Susanna, and the Countess conspire to embarrass the Count and expose his infidelity and scheming ways. But he responds with more scheming by trying to legally compel Figaro to marry another woman old enough to be his mother, who, in fact, turns out at the last minute, really is his mother! All in a good day of madness, the Count's love for his wife is restored and Figaro and Susanna are married.
The Marriage of Figaro
February 11/13, 2011
39 East State Street
Columbus, OH 43215
Tickets: $10 – $102.50
Single tickets available beginning November 22nd by calling
CAPA at (614) 469-0939, or visiting www.ticketmaster.com