The Marriage Of Figaro

Synopsis of The Marriage of Figaro

The Marriage of Figaro can be considered as the sequel of The Barber of Seville. The Barber of Seville is a story about a young man Almaviva, who wins his lover beautiful Rosina away from her guardian Dr. Bartolo. Almaviva does this with the help of Figaro. The story played in The Marriage of Figaro is three years later from this case. Now Rosina and Almaviva are Countess and Count, and Figaro is engaged to marry Susanna, the maid of Rosina.

The Marriage of Figaro is a four-act comic opera, also known as opera buffa.

Performance History

The Marriage of Figaro was first performed on May 1, 1786, in Vienna. Premiere was held at the Burgtheater. Mozart himself conducted the first two performances of the opera, and he was doing seated at the keyboard. Later, Joseph Weigl was conducting the performances.

In the first year of premiering the opera, it was only performed nine times, including the premiere. This number was nothing against the frequency of playing The Magic Flute, which was performed every other day for months after it came out. The first performance of The Marriage of Figaro was a total success, the applause of the audience was a sign of later engagement, but Joseph the second, who was in charge of the Burgtheater, was very concerned by the length of the performance itself. The first performance may not be the best, but Mozart and his music was loved immensely and was considered a masterpiece.

Ferenc Kazinczy, the Hungarian poet, was attending the performance of The Marriage of Figaro in May. Later he wrote that Mozart playing his fortepiano and directing the orchestra left the indescribable impression on him and caused the joy he could not put in words. Joseph Haydn also wrote to his friend, that he heard the opera in his dreams.


Biography of Mozart

Early Life of Mozart The author of more than 600 works, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, was born in Getreidegasse, on January 27, 1756. His father, Leopold Mozart, was a composer and music teacher. Mozart was the youngest child out of seven, and Five children died in the infancy. He was baptized on the second day of his birth, and his Christian name was Joannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart. From an early age, Mozart was studying music, languages, and other subjects. Leopold, Mozart's father, was his only teacher. Young Mozart was keen on music from childhood and wrote his first musical composition when he was four or five years old. When Mozart's talent became evident, his father gave up on composing himself. Mozart wrote the first symphony when he was only eight years old. To show his son's abilities, Leopold used to make European journeys to big cities such as Munich, Paris, London, Amsterdam, and so on, where young Mozart performed and met other composers and musicians. In 1769 father and son left Salzburg for Italy. Mozart and Leopold stayed there for two years. In 1770, a young composer wrote his first opera named Mitridate, re di Porto. It became trendy, and his performances were successful too, but they had to return home. In 1781, Mozart went to Viena, where he found a job at Archbishop Colloredo. He was Archbishop’s private musician, but Mozart had further goals and dreams. He wanted to perform in front of the emperor. After resignment from Colloredo, Mozart became a freelance performer and

Interesting Facts About Mozart

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a composer everyone knows and loves, a man who died in his early 30s, author of 600 musical pieces lived a turbulent, exciting, and interesting life, with many ups and downs. His works are studied, performed, and celebrated to this day, and his legacy is being renewed with each new performer, who tries to experience Mozart's greatness. He lived such a short life, but could to mark his name with golden letters. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s life was filled with many interesting facts. We try to mention some of them. Mozart's full baptized name looks like this: Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart. Johannes Chrysostmus is his saint's name, chosen after Mozart's birthday, January 27, was Saint John Chrysostom's feast day. Wolfgangus in German means running wolf, and was the name of Mozart's grandfather. Theophilus, in Greek it means loved by God. In German, it is Gottlieb, and Amadeus comes from Latin form. Mozart, at the age of 3, could pick out chords by ear; at the age of four, he could play short pieces, and from age five, he started composing. When he was six years old, his father Leopold took Mozart on the European tour. Young Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was playing concerts in different cities, in different countries. Mozart wrote the first symphony when he was eight years old, in 1764. While visiting London as a child, Mozart met Johann Christian Bach. Bach became one of the influences of a young composer. It is well-acknowledge that some of his symphonies a