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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 1756-1791

Developments in Opera

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart:
Opera abandons Greek gods for contemporary plots with flesh-and-blood characters. The story becomes as important as the music. Every note of music helps tell the story.

The Masterworks

The Marriage of Figaro:
Clever servants outwit their philandering master. A joyous masterpiece of comedy, sentiment, and-on the eve of the French Revolution-liberal politics.

Don Giovanni:
The story of a man who loves then leaves every woman he meets. Hilariously un-PC and terrifying at the same time.

The Magic Flute:
A prince tries to steal a princess away from a wizard, but winds up joining the wizard’s brotherhood of light and truth. A fun-filled fairy tale as well as a profound allegory about the Age of Enlightenment.

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Photo Credit

Don Giovanni, 2007 © Rozarii Lynch photo