Mozart, The Marriage of Figaro
This is one of the most divine operas in the repertoire and perhaps the most perfect ever written. The genius of Mozart transcends the loquacity of his librettist, Lorenzo Da Ponte, who scrubbed the controversial play by Beaumarchais, Le Mariage de Figaro, leaving only the parts devoted to human nature. The plot, which is one of the most humorous, is full of surprises and unexpected twists that contribute to the balance of the four acts. Yet, underlying the humour and farcical situations, the anger of Figaro, the arrogance of the Count, the cleverness of Susanna or the melancholy of the Countess probe the depths of the human heart and mind, adding a touch of nostalgia to these games of chance and love. Mozart is the real playwright behind this Marriage, inserting, in this brilliant narrative, arias that turn into duets, from duets into trios and from trios into tutti, with soaring melodies that spring forth and are renewed. It is an opera that readily deserves its full title of Day of Madness, punctuated with moments of grace, as profound as life itself and as universal as the music of Mozart.