Opera Explained: MOZART - The Marriage of Figaro (Smillie)
Background Timson, David, reader
Opera Explained This series introduces, in words and music, the plot and background of the major operas. Using the principal themes and arias, taken from the Naxos recording of the complete work, Thomson Smillie is informative yet entertaining, enabling the listener to get more from this remarkable art form.
An Introduction to... MOZART: The Marriage of Figaro Author: Thomson Smillie Narrator: David Timson 1 CD 12-page booklet ISBN: 1-84379-083-1
Many opera-lovers would name The Marriage of Figaro as their favourite opera. It appeals to the most intellectual listener, but also to music-lovers seeking great melodies and ensembles (while it remains accessible through its fascinating plot and memorable characters) and to those seeking only entertainment. One of three operas by Mozart to libretti by Lorenzo da Ponte it represents one of the pinnacles not just of operatic but of human achievement.