Afternoon at the Opera

Marriage of Figaro

Performance of Marriage of Figaro on stage.

Performance of Marriage of Figaro. Wikimedia Commons.

From a review of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Marriage of Figaro:

The opera’s comically convoluted plot is built of human foibles, and therefore timeless. Deceptions, mistaken identities, jealousy, pride, anger, an implausible backstory resolution, and various character alliances create a constantly churning sea of shenanigans.

Mozart both magnified and clarified the plot’s complexity with seemingly countless vocal ensembles — hence the need for a well-balanced cast. De Waart used brisk tempos to support the opera’s ample humor, giving singers plenty of interpretive room in its lovely slower arias.