‘The Marriage of Figaro’ = some kind of (honeymoon) for Bremerton Symphony and Kitsap Opera
November 17, 2008 · Updated 4:24 PM
This opera, a centuries old tale of love and lust and the comedy of mistaken identity, is rife with marriage and the carnal desire thereof.
“Le nozze di Figaro,” it’s called. Known in English as “The Marriage of Figaro.” It was based on a staged comedy by Pierre Beaumarchais called “La Folle Journee, ou le Mariage de Figaro” — which means “The Crazy Day, or the Marriage of Figaro.”
It’s the first of three revered collaborations between Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the composer, and Italian librettist Lorenzo da Ponte. The other two being “Don Giovanni” in 1787 and “Cosi fan tutte” in 1790.
Also, incidentally serving as the first collaboration between the Bremerton Symphony and Kitsap Opera, “The Marriage” is one of Mozart’s most famous operas. The overture is regularly played and uber-recognizable. The 18th-century work is at the cornerstone of the standard operatic repertoire.
And it is a beast.
First-ever official collaboration for the long-standing Kitsap chamber music ensembles.