The Marriage of Figaro - libretto only - English & Italian - English National Opera Guide 17

The Marriage of Figaro - libretto only - English & Italian - English National Opera Guide 17 $22.99

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Published by John Calder Publications

English National Opera Guides are ideal companions to the opera, providing stimulating introductory articles together with the complete text of each opera in English and the original

Le nozze di Figaro is one of Mozart's best-loved and most enduring works

The first of the three operas he wrote with Lorenzo da Ponte and based on Beaumarchais' play, it established the thirty-year-old Mozart as an opera composer of the very first rank

Its combination of wit, acute psychological observation and sublime music has enthralled audiences ever since its premiere in Prague in 1786

This guide contains articles about the historical background to the opera, as well as musical and dramatic commentaries

Further articles deal with the changes in musical performance brought about in recent times by the period practice movement and with the particular uses Mozart makes of recitatives

There is also a survey of the opera's most important productions with Illustrations, a thematic guide, the full libretto with English translation and reference sections


'Neat little volumes they are, handy for carrying around, clearly printed and well set-out, complete with libretto and translation, discography and a generous selection of illustrations' ~ Gramophone

'Brilliantly produced and superb value' ~ The Sunday Times

'Marvellous ... the best books of their kind' ~ Hugh Canning

'The revamped Opera Guides series ... are much more solid and attractive compared with the old ones. Production values are up, with more appealing design, clearer print and much better paper, making these books altogether more shelf-worthy' ~ BBC Music Magazine

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