- By Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais David Coward

The Barber of Seville / The Marriage of Figaro / The Guilty Mother

  • Title: The Barber of Seville / The Marriage of Figaro / The Guilty Mother
  • Author: Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais David Coward
  • ISBN: 9780192804136
  • Page: 457
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Barber of Seville The Marriage of Figaro The Guilty Mother Eighteenth century France produced only one truly international theater star Beaumarchais and only one name Figaro to combine with Don Quixote and D Artagnan in the ranks of popular myth But who w

    Eighteenth century France produced only one truly international theater star, Beaumarchais, and only one name, Figaro, to combine with Don Quixote and D Artagnan in the ranks of popular myth But who was Figaro He was quickly appropriated by Mozart and Rossini who tamed the original impertinent, bustling servant for their own purposes On the eve of the French RevolutionEighteenth century France produced only one truly international theater star, Beaumarchais, and only one name, Figaro, to combine with Don Quixote and D Artagnan in the ranks of popular myth But who was Figaro He was quickly appropriated by Mozart and Rossini who tamed the original impertinent, bustling servant for their own purposes On the eve of the French Revolution Figaro was seen as a threat to the establishment and Louis XIV even banned The Marriage of Figaro Was the barber of Seville really a threat to aristocratic heads, or a bourgeois individualist like his creator The three plays in which he plots and schemes chronicle the slide of the ancien regime into revolution but they also chart the growth of Beaumarchais humanitarianism They are exuberant theatrical entertainments, masterpieces of skill, invention, and social satire which helped shape the direction of French theater for a hundred years This lively new translation catches all the zest and energy of the most famous valet in French literature.

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    1. I read these in preparation for a season in which I will be performing both Le nozze di Figaro and Il barbiere di Siviglia and am very glad I did. The first two plays are very close to there more famous operatic desendents (one wonders if Da Ponte deserves the plaudits he gets for his Nozze libretto). The third play, which is perhaps the most interesting of the three, was never given a proper musical setting (perhaps because composers found it difficult to reconcile its dark comedy with its unab [...]

    2. Beaumarchais ofrece un ciclo dramático en el que va de la comedia más bufa, a la alta comedia, para acabar en el melodrama, jugando a los mismos elementos en cada una de las piezas, pero con esta variación en cuanto al género. Naturalmente, cómo no preferir de las tres a la segunda, al Día Loco, o El casamiento de Fígaro, pero leídas en continuidad nos ofrecen un ciclo dramático realmente interesante y sugerente que se centra en el personaje de Rosina, la condesa, que pasa de ser inocen [...]

    3. 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. We can imagine the characters in our heads, the absurd situations, the gaiety and frustration. The dances and songs lose the most from being reduced to words on paper, but other than that, these pla [...]

    4. The plays are outrageously funny, madcap, satirical. This edition has many helpful footnotes. The translation is fluid and poetic. There are many songs in the plays, and the translated lyrics are excellent, rhythmic and rhyming and smooth.

    5. I just finished this book and really enjoyed it's incredibly funny and fast paced. The only problem i had with it was that it was too short for my taste. Although the ending was good, it was kind of abruptry enjoyable though

    6. I only read The Marriage of Figaro but wow!It's full of escapades and tirades and real moments. There's still applicable speeches to the modern day and I wish the ending was less moralistic.I really liked these crazy characters and they're all emotional and dramatic but still mostly enjoyable.

    7. As a long time lover of Rossini's "Barber of Seville" and Mozart's "Marriage of Figaro," I've always been curious about the third play in Beaumarchais' trilogy: "The Guilty Mother." This is a lively translation and would be a good one to use in a stage production.

    8. Did the operas - plays are very similar. A little hard to figure out what is going on - lots of characters - funny though!

    9. IntroductionNote on the TextSelect BibliographyA Chronology of Beaumarchais--The Barber of Seville--The Marriage of Figaro--The Guilty MotherExplanatory Notes

    10. J'ai adoré le mariage de Figaro, le Barbier de Séville était pas mal mais la mère coupable m'a déçu je m'attendais à mieux

    11. Thus was the first play I've read since high school whether it was this play or that it was a play, I could not get into it

    12. It is a masterfully crafted satire on the late 18th century in Europe. The plays a relevant now and forever.

    13. Just read the first play, The Barber of Seville. Not in the same league as Shakespeare's best comedies, but still a fun read that's probably even better on stage.

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