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.
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.