The Marriage of Figaro


MPR and the Minnesota Opera present The Marriage of Figaro
hosted by Brandi Parisi

The Performance
Walk through this scene-by-scene slide show of photographs and text from the Minnesota Opera's production.

Slide show

The players, crew, and credits.

The Story
Though he probably didn't know it at the time, playwright Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais's The Marriage of Figaro in many ways heralded a turning point in history, an end of an era marked by opulence and wealth for nobility and clergy but social inequality and poverty by most. The play was an immediate, though controversial, success when it premiered in 1784. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was looking to make a name for himself in Italian opera and, never to shy away from controversy, was in fact attracted to the play in part because of its notoriety. For more background and a complete plot synopsis, read host Brandi Parisi's opera overview.

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