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The Figaro Trilogy: The Barber of Seville / The Marriage of Figaro / The Guilty Mother

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Eighteenth-century France produced only one truly international theater star, Beaumarchais, and only one name, Figaro, to combine with Don Quixote and D'Artagnan in the ranks of popular myth. But who was Figaro? He was quickly appropriated by Mozart and Rossini who tamed the original impertinent, bustling servant for their own purposes. On the eve of the French Revolution ...more
Paperback, 306 pages
Published December 18th 2003 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published January 1st 1792)
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Edward Hanlon
I read these in preparation for a season in which I will be performing both Le nozze di Figaro and Il barbiere di Siviglia and am very glad I did. The first two plays are very close to there more famous operatic desendents (one wonders if Da Ponte deserves the plaudits he gets for his Nozze libretto). The third play, which is perhaps the most interesting of the three, was never given a proper musical setting (perhaps because composers found it difficult to reconcile its dark comedy with its una ...more
Beaumarchais ofrece un ciclo dramático en el que va de la comedia más bufa, a la alta comedia, para acabar en el melodrama, jugando a los mismos elementos en cada una de las piezas, pero con esta variación en cuanto al género. Naturalmente, cómo no preferir de las tres a la segunda, al Día Loco, o El casamiento de Fígaro, pero leídas en continuidad nos ofrecen un ciclo dramático realmente interesante y sugerente que se centra en el personaje de Rosina, la condesa, que pasa de ser inocente seduci ...more
The plays are outrageously funny, madcap, satirical. This edition has many helpful footnotes. The translation is fluid and poetic. There are many songs in the plays, and the translated lyrics are excellent, rhythmic and rhyming and smooth.
It is a masterfully crafted satire on the late 18th century in Europe. The plays a relevant now and forever.
I just finished this book and really enjoyed's incredibly funny and fast paced. The only problem i had with it was that it was too short for my taste. Although the ending was good, it was kind of abrupt...very enjoyable though...
Mike Szczepanik
Just read the first play, The Barber of Seville. Not in the same league as Shakespeare's best comedies, but still a fun read that's probably even better on stage.
Did the operas - plays are very similar. A little hard to figure out what is going on - lots of characters - funny though!
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Fun--I think this is going to help perform Count Almaviva in the Marriage of Figaro in November.
some of the best dramatic comedy ever written...
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Pierre Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais was a French watchmaker, inventor, musician, diplomat, fugitive, spy, publisher, arms dealer, financier, and revolutionary (both French and American). He was best known, however, for his theatrical works, especially the three Figaro plays.
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