The Metropolitan Opera Presents:
Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro
Today Mozart’s exquisite Le Nozze di Figaro delights and moves audiences everywhere, long after its 1786 birth into tumultuous times. The original Beaumarchais play raised a firestorm in France, then on the brink of revolution, with its dangerous commentary on class relations. However, Lorenzo Da Ponte carefully omitted anything political from his opera libretto; what remained, when joined with Mozart’s sublime and penetrating music, was a witty yet profound tale of infatuation, heartache, scheming, and tenderness, where complex emotions are laid bare and everyone, regardless of class, is equally vulnerable to the powers of love.
The Metropolitan Opera Presents: Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro (September 2014, $18.99) is the latest in the Metropolitan Opera Presents Libretto Library Series by Amadeus Press. In this groundbreaking series, classic and well-known operas are presented in a fresh new package. Each book features the complete libretto; color image inserts from Met Opera productions, a Met Opera libretto “In Focus” feature; and official Met Opera program notes. All titles include introductions and forewords by renowned opera experts.
Figaro continues the story of The Barber of Seville several years later, in a single “day of madness.” Count Almaviva’s love, Rosina, is now his long-suffering countess, and the barber Figaro, now the count’s valet, is about to marry Susanna, the countess’s maid. But the couple-to-be must first deal with two obstacles: a demand that Figaro pay his debt to an older woman or marry her instead, and the count’s determination to bed Susanna on her wedding night.
Suspicions fly, plots are hatched, narrow escapes abound, and connivers receive their due. Love and forgiveness finally bring order to the craziness, and a day filled with torment and worry ends in joy.
September 2, 2014
6” x 9”
Amadeus Press is an imprint of Hal Leonard Corporation
Mozart’s Così fan tutte is the fourth title in Amadeus Press’s Metropolitan Opera Presents Libretto Series, following Puccini’s Tosca, Puccini’s La Boheme, and Mozart’s Così fan tutte. The next announced books in the series will accompany this season’s Live in HD debuts of Carmen, and Cavalerria Rusticana/Pagliacci.