In the two centuries since the first performance of Le Nozze di Figaro in Prague, this popular Mozart title has rarely been absent from the repertoire of the Estates Theatre.
Le Nozze di Figaro, a wonderful comedy of plot complications, piling one ridiculous situation on another, created a political sensation in its time.
Mozart masterfully shapes a whole gallery of characters, beginning with the jovial and clever young man Figaro, behind whose intrigues and jokes lie hidden serious issues. Mozart achieved here that which is most difficult in art: behind the comic story he revealed the deep truth of life.
Le Nozze Di Figaro is the story of a servant who proves the immorality of his master, and triumphs over him. There are few operas that have such a complicated and none-the-less logical, rich plot. The subtitle, A Crazy Day, captures well what happens on the stage.
It is difficult now to discern in the libretto to Le Nozze di Figaro the reasons why it was once considered provocative. It ridiculed human foibles and failings, to which of course not even the nobility was immune. But even today we laugh at the comic, almost gag-like situations, the witty handling of the intrigues, and the entertaining situations of disguise; and we have not the least fear that the clever Figaro will fail to save his beloved Suzanna from the snares of the count.