Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Austrian, 1756-1791): Overture to "The Marriage of Figaro"
Sir John Eliot Gardiner
From a tent in Scotland, we go today to the opera. Mozart's birthday is Jan. 27th, and we will celebrate it when the time comes, but one day is not enough for him! Mozart's favorite genre, and arguably the one that informs all the others he wrote in, was opera. He loved the drama and the characters, and the complicated, often very silly, plotlines--which definitely describes "The Marriage of Figaro." Sometimes overtures incorporate tunes that come later in an opera, but this overture is completely unrelated to later themes; it merely serves to set an energetic, fast-paced, and good natured mood. Enjoy!