The marriage of figaro french la folle journe ou le mariage de figaro the mad day or the marriage of figaro is a comedy in five acts written in 1778 by pierre beaumarchais this play is the second in the figaro trilogy preceded by the barber of seville and followed by the guilty mother. Beaumarchais fame rests on le barbier de seville 1775 and le mariage de figaro 1784 the only french plays which his stage struck century bequeathed to the international repertoire but his achievement has been adulterated for beaumarchais has long been the brand name of a product variously reprocessed by mozart rossini and the score or so librettists and musicians who have . Plays are meant to be viewed on the stage no written play can earn a five star rating except perhaps king lear or hamlet plays gain some of their power from being performed by talented actors that said these three plays by beaumarchais are entertaining to read on their own even in translation. Beaumarchaiss play le mariage de figaro the second in the comic figaro trilogy swirled in controversy after its 1784 premiere in paris leading to a ban across europemozarts now famous operatic adaptation debuted in vienna only two years later with the help of guest opera singers and favorite actors from the cincinnati shakespeare company stage well explore the . The marriage of figaro comedy in five acts by pierre augustin beaumarchais performed in 1784 as la folle journe ou le mariage de figaro the madness of a day or the marriage of figaro it is the sequel to his comic play the barber of seville and is the work upon which mozart based the opera le nozze di figaro 1786 the marriage of figaro was written between 1775 and 1778
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