Le Nozze di Figaro
(The Marriage of Figaro)
|Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
|Lorenzo da Ponte, based on the poem by Pierre Beaumarchais
|Vienna, May 1, 1786
The Marriage of Figaro recounts the further comic adventures of Figaro, first introduced in Rossini's previous opera, The Barber of Seville. Figaro's master, Count Almaviva, is now married to his love Rosina but has tired of her and pursues the affections of her comely maid Susanna, who is engaged to Figaro. The count attempts to prevent their impending marriage by helping Marcellina, the housekeeper of Dr. Bartolo (Rosina's old guardian), who is trying to force Figaro to marry her since he cannot repay the money he has borrowed from her. Figaro in turn schemes to thwart the count and Marcellina's plan and marry Susanna. Marcellina's plan is foiled when Figaro accidentally discovers that she is his long-lost mother. After many ruses and disguises have backfired, Figaro and Susanna regain their trust in each other, and the count must stoop to begging Rosina's pardon.