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The Figaro Trilogy: The Barber of Seville / The Marriage of Figaro / The Guilty Mother
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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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
I just finished this book and really enjoyed it...it'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...
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.More about Pierre Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais...