Synopsis - The Marriage of Figaro
The Marriage of Figaro was Mozart's biggest success – it's an edgy upstairs/downstairs comedy-drama in which the bullying and womanising Count Almaviva is comprehensively outwitted by his domestic staff.
The Count's manservant, Figaro, is set to marry Countess Rosina's maid, Susanna; but the Count is trying to delay the ceremony so that he can exercise a discredited feudal right to enjoy the sexual favours of prospective brides in his household.
Figaro and Susanna conspire with the lovelorn and neglected Countess to thwart the Count's plans, while a sub-plot involving the Count's lovestruck and disobedient young page Cherubino adds further to the Count's confusion. The Count's machinations include encouraging Marcellina, a woman to whom Figaro once promised marriage were he to default on a loan, to press her case; but it turns out that Marcellina is Figaro's mother, and her lawyer Bartolo is his father.
Matters turn darkly farcical when the collision of Figaro's and Susanna's independent revenge plots brings jealousy to the fore – their relationship hangs momentarily in the balance before everything is a resolved and love wins through for all concerned – even the Count.
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