Synopsis

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Synopsis

Figaro, Count Almaviva’s servant, and Susanna, Countess Almaviva’s maid, are to be married. Their new room is between those of the Count and the Countess. Susanna is alarmed by this, as the Count has been making advances towards her. Figaro is unconcerned; he'll have the upper hand. But Figaro is a target too.

 

Bartolo is still smarting after Figaro smuggled Rosina (now the Countess) out of his house to marry the Count (see The Barber of Seville, the prequel to The Marriage of Figaro). And Bartolo’s housekeeper Marcellina is intent on getting her loan to Figaro repaid now that it is apparent he is not going to marry her.

 

To this mix can be added the adolescent Cherubino, the Count’s sacked page, who wants Susanna to intercede with the Count for his reinstatement, and the poisonous music teacher Don Basilio, who is not slow in making insinuations about Cherubino’s relationship with the Countess. For her part, the Countess wants the Count to love her, and her alone. The scene is set for a tumultuous day of upstairs/ downstairs entanglements, farcical situations, mistaken identities and intrigue. And most importantly, the Count will learn his lesson.