Le Nozze di Figaro

Opera

Writers: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Lorenzo Da Ponte

Overview

Show Information

Category
Opera
Number of Acts
4
First Produced
1786
Genres
Comedy, Romance
Time & Place
count almaviva’s house outside of seville, spain
Cast Size
medium
Orchestra Size
Medium
Licensor
None/royalty-free
Ideal for
College/University, Diverse Cast, Professional Opera, Star Vehicle Male
Casting Notes
Mostly male cast
Includes adult, young adult, early teen, late teen, mature adult characters

Synopsis

Le Nozze di Figaro is a fantastic farce, continuing the story of the characters from Il barbiere di Seviglia. The once young and romantic couple, Rosina and Count Almaviva, are now established in their estate near Seville, but their marriage is in a rocky state. Count Almaviva has now become an aggressive, manipulative womanizer, and Rosina, now the Countess, has become despondent and upset about the state of their relationship. Figaro is now employed as Count Almaviva’s personal butler, but the Count is actively pursuing Figaro’s fiancee, Susanna. The Count keeps putting off the wedding, finding ways to delay their union, even on the day of their planned wedding. Figaro, Susanna, and the Countess create a plan to expose the Count and his womanizing ways, hoping to shame him into change. The Count, however, continues to try to break up the marriage by trying to get Figaro to marry an older woman at court, who turns out to be his mother. Figaro, Susanna, and the Countess succeed in their plot, and the Count asks forgiveness of his wife and Figaro and Susanna plan to finally be wed.

Lead Characters