Opera & Musical Theater

Opera Cheat Sheet: The Marriage Of Figaro

A quick look at the Mozart masterpiece, Saturday’s noon opera broadcast.

Lucas Meachem as the Count and Rachel Willis-Sørensen as the Countess in the Royal Opera House’s 2012 production of The Marriage of Figaro
Lucas Meachem as the Count and Rachel Willis-Sørensen as the Countess in the Royal Opera House’s 2012 production of The Marriage of Figaro

In this OCS Houston Public Media’s St.John Flynn and Eric Skelly of the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra give a brief introduction to one of Mozart’s greatest creations.

Subtitled The Mad DayThe Marriage of Figaro shows the craziness that ensues when the “right of the lord” is not the opposite of the “left of the lord”!

Le Nozze di Figaro, to give it its Italian title, was the first of the three great collaborations between Mozart and librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte. Based on the French play by Beaumarchais, it tells the story of the madcap events surrounding the imminent wedding of Figaro (valet to the Count) to Susanna (the Countess’s maid), and the attempts made to prevent the Count from obtaining the “favors” of his valet’s bride-to-be.

Tune in to HPM Classical (88.7 HD2) Saturday at noon for the Lyric Opera of Chicago broadcast of The Marriage of Figaro featuring Adam Plachetka singing the title role and Christiane Karg as Susanna, Amanda Majeski as the Countess, Luca Pisaroni as Count Almaviva and Rachel Frenkel as Cherubino.

[The musical excerpts heard in this OCS come from the 1983 London/Decca release of the opera featuring Sir Georg Solti conducting the London Philharmonic Orchestra and London Opera Chorus with soloists Frederica von Stade (Cherubino); Kiri Te Kanawa (Countess); Kurt Moll (Dr. Bartolo); Lucia Popp (Susanna); Samuel Ramey (Figaro); and Sir Thomas Allen (Count Almaviva)(London 410 150-2).]

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