The Barber of Seville and The Marriage of Figaro


Author: Pierre-Augustin Beaumarchais
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0141960736
Category: Drama
Page: 224
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A French courtier, secret agent, libertine and adventurer, Beaumarchais (1732-99) was also author of two sparkling plays about the scoundrelly valet Figaro - triumphant successes that were used as the basis of operas by Mozart and Rossini. A highly engaging comedy of intrigue, The Barber of Seville portrays the resourceful Figaro foiling a jealous old man's attempts to keep his beautiful ward from her lover. And The Marriage of Figaro - condemned by Louis XVI for its daring satire of nobility and privilege - depicts a master and servant set in opposition by their desire for the same woman. With characteristic lightness of touch, Beaumarchais created an audacious farce of disguise and mistaken identity that balances wit, frivolity and seriousness in equal measure.

The Barber of Seville and The Marriage of Figaro


Author: Pierre A. Caron de Beaumarchais
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category:
Page: N.A
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The Figaro Trilogy

The Barber of Seville, The Marriage of Figaro, The Guilty Mother
Author: Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 0191604569
Category: Drama
Page: 352
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The Barber of Seville * The Marriage of Figaro * The Guilty Mother Eighteenth-century France produced only one truly international theatre star, Beaumarchais, and only one name, Figaro, to put with Don Quixote or D'Artagnan in the ranks of popular myth. But who was Figaro? Not the impertinent valet of the operas of Mozart or Rossini, but both the spirit of resistance to oppression and a bourgeois individualist like his creator. The three plays in which he plots and schemes chronicle the slide of the ancien régime into revolution but also chart the growth of Beaumarchais' humanitarianism. They are also exuberant theatrical entertainments, masterpieces of skill, invention, and social satire which helped shape the direction of French theatre for a hundred years. This lively new translation catches all the zest and energy of the most famous valet in French literature. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

The Barber of Seville ; The Marriage of Figaro ; The Guilty Mother

Three Plays
Author: Pierre Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: French drama
Page: 363
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The Marriage of Figaro


Author: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 0486318079
Category: Music
Page: 448
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Mozart's beloved comic romp, reprinted from a late (C. F. Peters, 1941) edition, which preserves Mozart's autograph manuscript and early translations of the libretto and includes passages that are often cut in other editions.

The Marriage of Figaro


Author: Pierre De Beaumarchais
Publisher: Digireads.Com
ISBN: 9781420942590
Category: Drama
Page: 62
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Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais (1732-1799) was an exceptional French writer of prose comedy during the eighteenth century. He is best known for his theatrical works of the three Figaro plays. Beaumarchais had an action-filled career as a watchmaker, musician, secret agent, businessman, diplomat and a financer of revolutions. His literary career was as turbulent as his personal life. After a series of lawsuits in Paris, the accounts of his trials made his reputation as a sarcastic, effective, and recognized writer. -The Marriage of Figaro- is the second in the Figaro Trilogy, preceded by -The Barber of Seville- and followed by -The Guilty Mother-. It was originally a comic opera, or a mixture of spoken play with music. This play was considered a foreshadowing of the French Revolution in its offense of the rights of the aristocracy. It was first banned in Vienna due to its satire of the nobility, considered dangerous in the decade before the revolution. Thanks to the great success of its predecessor, it opened with enormous success, eventually becoming one of Mozart's most successful operatic works.

The Marriage of Figaro by Beaumarchais (Book Analysis)

Detailed Summary, Analysis and Reading Guide
Author: Bright Summaries
Publisher: BrightSummaries.com
ISBN: 280801161X
Category: Study Aids
Page: 54
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Unlock the more straightforward side of The Marriage of Figaro with this concise and insightful summary and analysis! This engaging summary presents an analysis of The Marriage of Figaro by Beaumarchais, the sequel to his equally celebrated play The Barber of Seville. After helping his master Count Almaviva to secure Rosine’s hand in marriage, it is now Figaro’s turn to get married, but his happiness is threatened by Almaviva’s tireless attempts to seduce his fiancée Suzanne, as well as the surprise return of a debt from his past. The play’s overtly political reflection on the unearned privileges of the nobility and the difficulties faced by ordinary people attracted the ire of the French monarchy but drew praise from figures including Georges Danton and Napoleon Bonaparte, who believed that Figaro’s attempts to challenge the established order helped to pave the way for the French Revolution. The Marriage of Figaro is one of the most popular works by Pierre-Augustin Caron, better known as Beaumarchais, who was a key figure in both the political and literary scenes of 18th-century France. Find out everything you need to know about The Marriage of Figaro in a fraction of the time! This in-depth and informative reading guide brings you: • A complete plot summary • Character studies • Key themes and symbols • Questions for further reflection Why choose BrightSummaries.com? Available in print and digital format, our publications are designed to accompany you in your reading journey. The clear and concise style makes for easy understanding, providing the perfect opportunity to improve your literary knowledge in no time. See the very best of literature in a whole new light with BrightSummaries.com!

The Marriage of Figaro


Author: Burton, Fisher D. Publishing Staff
Publisher: Opera Journeys Publishing
ISBN: 1930841051
Category: Music
Page: 36
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A comprehensive guide to Mozart's THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO featuring STORY SYNOPSIS, PRINCIPAL CHARACTERS, STORY NARRATIVE with MUSIC HIGHLIGHT EXAMPLES, and insightful COMMENTARY and ANALYSIS about the opera and its composer.

The Barber of Seville

A Comic Opera in Three Acts
Author: Gioacchino Rossini
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Operas
Page: 36
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Mozart's Marriage of Figaro

A Short Guide to a Great Opera
Author: Michael Steen
Publisher: Icon Books Ltd
ISBN: 1848314590
Category: Music
Page: 30
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Although the story of Figaro’s success in preventing the Count of Almaviva’s seduction of his fiancée Susanna was politically explosive, it was tolerated in the court of the relatively enlightened Habsburg Emperor Joseph II. Mozart’s opera, Le Nozze di Figaro, uses a libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte, and was premièred in Vienna in 1786. It was based on a famous play by the Frenchman Beaumarchais, a sequel to The Barber of Seville. Characters including Figaro, the Countess, Cherubino the page, Doctor Bartolo and Barberina the gardener’s daughter sing a succession of famous arias – such as Se vuol ballare, Non più andrai, Dove sono, Porgi amor and Voi, che sapete, to mention but a few – in which Mozart’s musical characterisation is legendary. Written by Michael Steen, author of the acclaimed The Lives and Times of the Great Composers, ‘Short Guides to Great Operas’ are concise, entertaining and easy to read books about opera. Each is an opera guide packed with useful information and informed opinion, helping to make you a truly knowledgeable opera-goer, and so maximising your enjoyment of a great musical experience. Other ‘Short Guides to Great Operas’ that you may enjoy include Così fan tutte, Don Giovanni and The Barber of Seville.

Rossini's The Barber of Seville

A Short Guide to a Great Opera
Author: Michael Steen
Publisher: Icon Books Ltd
ISBN: 1848316046
Category: Music
Page: 32
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The première in 1816 in Rome of Gioachino Rossini’s famous opera was a fiasco comparable to those of Wagner’s Tannhäuser and Bizet’s Carmen. But Il barbiere di Siviglia was soon recognised as being among the greatest of comic operas, comparable to those of Mozart. Even Beethoven was enthusiastic. Figaro, Seville’s barber, is confident of a good pay-off for facilitating the elopement of Rosina with the Count of Almaviva. Her guardian also has designs on her and her fortune. Who will get there first? The story is based on a comedy by the French playwright Beaumarchais, whose The Marriage of Figaro was used by Mozart. The Barber is packed with famous tunes, displaying Rossini’s glittering coloratura, trademark crescendos and patter: Figaro’s famous Largo al factotum and Zitti, zitti, piano, piano; the Count’s serenade with guitar, Ecco ridente; Rosina’s Singing Lesson and Una voce poco fa; Doctor Bartolo’s patter song A un dottor; Don Basilio’s La calunnia. These are just some of the ingredients of this feast of humour and good tunes. Written by Michael Steen, author of the acclaimed The Lives and Times of the Great Composers, ‘Short Guides to Great Operas’ are concise, entertaining and easy to read. They are packed with useful information and informed opinion, helping to make you a truly knowledgeable opera-goer, and so maximising your enjoyment of a great musical experience. Other ‘Short Guides to Great Operas’ that you may enjoy include The Marriage of Figaro, Così fan tutte and Lucia di Lammermoor.

The Barber of Seville


Author: Burton, Fisher D. Publishing Staff
Publisher: Opera Journeys Publishing
ISBN: 0967397316
Category: Music
Page: 36
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Beaumarchais in Seville

An Intermezzo
Author: Hugh Thomas
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 9780300134643
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 177
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Despite the differences of their subject matter, science and theology have a cousinly relationship, John Polkinghorne contends in his latest thought-provoking book. From his unique perspective as both theoretical physicist and Anglican priest, Polkinghorne considers aspects of quantum physics and theology and demonstrates that the two truth-seeking enterprises are engaged in analogous rational techniques of inquiry. His exploration of the deep connections between science and theology shows with new clarity a common kinship in the search for truth. The author identifies and explores key similarities in quantum physics and Christology. Among the many parallels he identifies are patterns of historical development in quantum physics and in Christology; wrestling with perplexities such as quantum interpretation and the problem of evil; and the drive for an overarching view in the Grand Unified Theories of physics and in Trinitarian theology. Both theology and science are propelled by a desire to understand the world through experienced reality, and Polkinghorne explains that their viewpoints are by no means mutually exclusive.

The Follies of a Day; Or, the Marriage of Figaro (Dodo Press)


Author: Pierre Augustin Caron De Beaumarchais
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781409952008
Category: Drama
Page: 192
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Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais (1732-1799) was a watch-maker, inventor, musician, politician, fugitive, spy, publisher, arms-dealer, and revolutionary (both French and American). He was best known, however, for his theatrical works, especially the three Figaro plays. Beaumarchais is well remembered for his essential support for the American Revolution. Louis XVI, who did not want to break openly with England, allowed him to found a commercial enterprise, Roderigue Hortalez and Co., supported by the French and Spanish crowns, whose real purpose was to supply the American rebels with weapons, munitions, clothes, and provisions. Shortly after Voltaireas death in 1778, he set out to publish Voltaireas complete works, many of which were banned in France. While the venture proved a financial failure, Beaumarchais was instrumental in preserving many of Voltaireas later works which otherwise might have been lost. His Figaro plays are indicative of the change in social attitudes before, during, and after the French Revolution. His works include: The Barber of Seville; or, The Useless Precaution (1773) and The Follies of a Day; or, The Marriage of Figaro (1778).

Opera & Ideas

From Mozart to Strauss
Author: Paul A. Robinson
Publisher: Cornell University Press
ISBN: 9780801494284
Category: Music
Page: 279
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Argues that operas dramatically express the ideas of the times about the individual, society and history, and looks at six great operas in terms of their intellectual content

Music at the Limits


Author: Edward W. Said
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231511558
Category: Music
Page: 344
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Music at the Limits is the first book to bring together three decades of Edward W. Said's essays and articles on music. Addressing the work of a variety of composers, musicians, and performers, Said carefully draws out music's social, political, and cultural contexts and, as a classically trained pianist, provides rich and often surprising assessments of classical music and opera. Music at the Limits offers both a fresh perspective on canonical pieces and a celebration of neglected works by contemporary composers. Said faults the Metropolitan Opera in New York for being too conservative and laments the way in which opera superstars like Pavarotti have "reduced opera performance to a minimum of intelligence and a maximum of overproduced noise." He also reflects on the censorship of Wagner in Israel; the worrisome trend of proliferating music festivals; an opera based on the life of Malcolm X; the relationship between music and feminism; the pianist Glenn Gould; and the works of Mozart, Bach, Richard Strauss, and others. Said wrote his incisive critiques as both an insider and an authority. He saw music as a reflection of his ideas on literature and history and paid close attention to its composition and creative possibilities. Eloquent and surprising, Music at the Limits preserves an important dimension of Said's brilliant intellectual work and cements his reputation as one of the most influential and groundbreaking scholars of the twentieth century.

Le Nozze Di Figaro

Libretto, Background, and Photos
Author: Lorenzo Da Ponte,Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Publisher: Metropolitan Opera Presents
ISBN: 9781574674613
Category: Music
Page: 283
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(Amadeus). Today Mozart's exquisite Le Nozze di Figaro delights and moves audiences everywhere, long after its 1786 birth into tumultuous times. The original Beaumarchais play raised a firestorm in France, then on the brink of revolution, with its dangerous commentary on class relations. However, Lorenzo Da Ponte carefully omitted anything political from his opera libretto; what remained, when joined with Mozart's sublime and penetrating music, was a witty yet profound tale of infatuation, heartache, scheming, and tenderness, where complex emotions are laid bare and everyone, regardless of class, is equally vulnerable to the powers of love. Figaro continues the story of The Barber of Seville several years later, in a single "day of madness." Count Almaviva's love, Rosina, is now his long-suffering countess, and the barber Figaro, now the count's valet, is about to marry Susanna, the countess's maid. But the couple-to-be must first deal with two obstacles: a demand that Figaro pay his debt to an older woman or marry her instead, and the count's determination to bed Susanna on her wedding night. Suspicions fly, plots are hatched, narrow escapes abound, and connivers receive their due. Love and forgiveness finally bring order to the craziness, and a day filled with torment and worry ends in joy.

Italian Arias of the Baroque and Classical Eras

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Author: John Glenn Paton
Publisher: Alfred Music Publishing
ISBN: 9780739021910
Category: Music
Page: 160
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A sampling of the world's greatest Baroque and Classical arias. In addition to offering fascinating background information about the arias and their composers, the editor has corrected a multitude of errors which have accumulated over time, and has replaced Romantic-era misinterpretations with accompaniments that are faithful to historical styles. Includes word-by-word transcriptions into the International Phonetic Alphabet.

The Royal Dutch Theatre at the Hague 1804–1876


Author: Gerd Aage Gillhoff
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9401575398
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 205
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The history of the Koninklijke Nederduitsche Schouwburg (Royal Dutch Theatre) at The Hague begins in I804. although the theatre did not bear that name until Willem I granted it an annual subsidy a decade later. The present investigation covers the years from I804 to I876 because the company of Royal Dutch Players which was disbanded in the latter year had its origin in the group of actors that gave the opening performance of the new theatre on the K-orte V oorhout in the spring of I804. During the entire seventy-two years there were no important changes of policy at the Royal Dutch Theatre; it was not until I876 that a new period commenced in the theatrical life of the court city and of Holland. Although the Dutch players made frequent appearances in other towns and cities, particularly in Rotterdam and Leiden, the author has limited himself as much as possible to a dis cussion of their activities at The Hague. There is an almost complete absence of newspaper criticism on the Haagsche Schouwburg throughout the first three fourths of the Nineteenth Century, but this lack would be far more serious if the greater part of the period, at least from about I830 to I876, had not been one of theatrical and dramatic poverty . We have enough sources to know that the performances and plays were rarely better than me diocre. The little newspaper criticism available is usually of such an adulatory nature that it can hardly be called helpful.