Notes & Reviews:
In a letter to his father on 13 October 1781, Mozart wrote, 'Why do Italian comic operas give such pleasure everywhere -- in spite of their miserable libretti...?' Because the music reigns supreme: when one listens to it all else is forgotten. Two years before he had met Lorenzo da Ponte, Mozart's frustration with the present condition of opera had reached boiling point. The collaboration between the two men produced three of the greatest operas in the repertoire - Figaro, Don Giovanni and Cosi fan tutte. Adapting the second play in Beaumarchais' trilogy, da Ponte skillfully navigated a risky path through the plot that had lead to Emperor Joseph II banning it. Themes of greedy aristocrats and officials lording it over the common man who struggled to make ends meet was dangerous stuff when the French Revolution was being observed with horror by the crowned heads of Europe. Mindful of this, da Ponte produced a wonderful libretto, informing the Emperor of its revised 'non-offensive' content at every turn. This production, performed on original instruments, was recorded live in 1998 and released on Accent.Notes & Reviews:
Recording information: Palacio de Congresos y Auditios, La Coruna, Spain (06/05/1998).
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Works DetailsMozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492
- Conductor: Sigiswald Kuijken
- Running Time: 142 min. 5 sec.
- Period Time: Classical
- Written: 1786