Marriage of Figaro
by Wolfgang Amadeus
June 23, 2018
at 7:30 PM
Bruno Walter Auditorium
40 Lincoln Center Plaza
Entrance at 111 Amsterdam Ave
New York Library Bldg
New York City
Staged with the
Metamorphosis Chamber Orchestra.
The Marriage of Figaro continues the plot of The Barber of Seville several years later, and recounts a single "day of madness"
(la folle journée) in the palace of Count Almaviva near Seville, Spain. Rosina is now the Countess; Dr. Bartolo is seeking revenge against Figaro for thwarting his plans to marry Rosina himself; and Count Almaviva has degenerated from the romantic youth of Barber into a scheming, bullying, skirt-chasing baritone. Having gratefully given Figaro a job as head of his servant-staff, he is now persistently trying to exercise his
droit du seigneur – his feudal right – with Figaro's bride-to-be, Susanna, who is the Countess's maid. He keeps finding excuses to delay the civil part of the wedding of his two servants, which is arranged for this very day. Figaro, Susanna, and the Countess conspire to embarrass the Count and expose his scheming. He retaliates by trying to compel Figaro legally to marry a woman old enough to be his mother, but it turns out at the last minute that she really is his mother. Through Figaro's and Susanna's clever manipulations, the Count's love for his Countess is finally restored.
Place: Count Almaviva's estate, Aguas-Frescas, three leagues outside Seville, Spain.