Mozart composed “The Marriage of Figaro” in 1786 to a libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte. The opera takes place some distance from Seville, Spain, and recounts the escapades of a single day at the palace of Count Almaviva, where comical acts of flirtation, revenge and cases of mistaken identity abound.
It tells the story of Figaro, Count Almaviva’s valet, and Susanna, Countess Rosina’s maid. The two are engaged to be married, but the situation is complicated by the count’s attempted conquest of Susanna, and Figaro’s oath to exact revenge on him for it.
The day’s antics are made even more problematic when an overzealous young page, Cherubino, overhears the count’s advances toward Susanna. In retribution, the count assigns Cherubino, who has a forbidden infatuation with the countess, to a regiment in Seville.