With Le Nozze di Figaro, Mozart simultaneously capitalised on the great success of opera buffaunder Joseph II and plays to the expectations of the Viennese public. Following the success of Paisiello’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia, the audience were venting to know Figaro’s fate. Librettist Lorenzo da Ponte reworked Le marriage de Figaro, Beaumarchais’ politically explosive play into a comedy with several twists which tilt the characters far out of proportion with those of the stereotypical buffo. Mozart’s psychologically rich portraits are returned to their political context in this enthusiastically received production by Guy Joosten.
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