Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Le Nozze di Figaro, Act I - Scene 2
Taking up the prerevolutionary work by Beaumarchais, Mozart and the librettist Da Ponte thus illustrate with subtlety the right of “cuissage”, a privilege still exercised by some unscrupulous noblemen, among whom the master of Figaro and Susanna. Humour dominates, beauty reigns. Here humour, with Figaro, aware of the carnal interest that the Count feels towards her betrothed, and who predicts he will thwart his plans. The first performance was given on May 1st, 1786.