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Le nozze di Figaro, K492

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Another woman spurned: the wife of the priapic Count who is attempting to exercise his ‘droit de seigneur’ over Figaro’s fiancée, Susanna. There is no rage in the Countess’s bewilderment but rather the resignation, mingled with desperation, of a woman of the world whose dignity and self-possession hang by a slender thread. They are ambivalently reaffirmed by the opera’s climax, when the Count is forced to kneel and seek forgiveness from his wife in front of his household, in a scene of profound, socially charged pathos. In the meanwhile, the supplicatory note of the Countess’s pleas for the restoration of domestic harmony is intensified by Mozart’s recycling, for Dove sono, of the Agnus Dei from his ‘Coronation’ Mass, written in 1779, five years before Figaro.

from notes by Peter Quantrill © 2010

Recordings

LCO Live - Mozart, Beethoven & Rossini
SIGCD201Download only
Hommage à trois
Studio Master: CKD428Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Mozart: The A-Z of Mozart Opera
Studio Master: SIGCD373Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

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Aria: Dove sono
Track 7 on SIGCD201 [5'28] Download only
Aria: Hai già vinta la causa!
Track 3 on CKD428 [4'54] Download only
Aria: Porgi amor
Track 5 on SIGCD201 [3'50] Download only
Cavatina: Se vuol ballare, signor Contino
Track 11 on SIGCD373 [3'12] Download only
Duet: Crudel! perché finora
Track 2 on CKD428 [2'36] Download only
Recitative: E Susanna non vien!
Track 6 on SIGCD201 [1'47] Download only

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