“The Marriage of Figaro”

Last Sunday, David and I attended the 4:00 pm performance of Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro” at the Blaisdell Concert Hall:

This is Gigi:

This is David:

The music was superb; the acting was outstanding. This is an Italian comedy with English subtitles. It was hilarious, and there was much laughter at the witty dialogue.

I learned something new about European history. When this opera was composed during the 1700s, there was a feudal custom that permitted the count to deflower the virgin bride of another man on their wedding night. The entire plot revolves around the philandering count and his servant, Suzanna, who is betrothed to Figaro. There also are sub-plots, but that feudal custom is the centerpiece of the story. How Figaro and Suzanna outwit the count, so that he is brought to his knees in shame and embarrassment is something to relish.

Five years after this opera was composed, Mozart died at the age of 35. Nobody knows where he was buried. I think Mozart is the best composer of all time. He was a prolific, creative genius.

14 Responses to ““The Marriage of Figaro””

  1. David H Says:

    I couldn’t agree with you more. When I am down and out I play Mozart to revive me and energize me. Whether it be the flute, harp, clarinet, or orchestra, Mozart NO KA OI! (THE BEST). The performance was world class! Every day I look at the awful weather on the mainland and realize we have the best life in Hawaii! Why live anywhere else?

  2. Andrew Says:

    It sounds like a great performance, and not one I have seen.

  3. Nancy Chan Says:

    Nice to know that plot of the performance has a happy ending.

  4. AC Says:

    That custom is new to me. Thankfully, I live when and where I do. 🙂

  5. Christine Says:

    Glad you enjoyed, 35 was so young.

  6. DJan Says:

    I also wonder what Mozart would have created if he had lived a long life. Glad you enjoyed this so much, I’m sure I would have, too. 🙂

  7. Arkansas Patti Says:

    Phew, glad that is no longer a custom. How revolting it would be for both the bride and groom. Glad the count got his comeuppance.

  8. wisewebwoman Says:

    I saw this opera several times, loved the music and all things Mozart. That brutal custom was perpetrated by the English landlords in Ireland too. Despicable, cruel and appalling.

    XO
    WWW

  9. tomthebackroadstraveller Says:

    …last Sunday we attended the matinee of Kukahi 2020 with Keali’i Reichel and Halau Ke’alaokamaile at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center.

  10. Tom at Sightings Says:

    Nice. You are definitely more highbrow than I am. We went to see the musical “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change,” No history, no message, just fun.

  11. DeniseinVA Says:

    I have not seen this opera and look forward to when I can. Sounds like you had a wonderful time.

  12. Elephant's Child Says:

    I did know about droit de seigneur. A shameful reflection of a time when women’s bodies were emphatically not their own.
    I am so glad that you and David enjoyed Figaro.

  13. Kay G. Says:

    You are so lucky to have so much to see and hear where you live! You guys are always out and about, having fun! Good for you!

  14. evi erlinda Says:

    It sounds so good!

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