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The Marriage of Figaro: Mozart’s Operatic Masterpiece with Peter Medhurst

The Marriage of Figaro: Mozart’s Operatic Masterpiece with Peter Medhurst


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The Marriage of Figaro was written in Vienna in 1786 and is based on Pierre Beaumarchais’s play of the same name. Both the play and the opera were written at a time of great political unrest in France and pre-echo much of the thinking that lies at the heart of the French Revolution of 1789. Essentially, the play whittles down to a story concerning a faithful servant, Figaro, who when treated shamefully by his master, Count Almaviva, teaches him a lesson. 

What makes the opera a work of genius is the heightening of the drama through the brilliance of Mozart’s musical writing. Mozart turns Beaumarchais’s buffa characters into flesh and blood protagonists who display the complete compass of the human condition, ranging from cunning and deceitfulness to forgiveness and expiation. Illustrated by Peter's musical interludes, together we will take a deeper dive into this charisma and charm which Mozart managed to capture in his compositions.

Peter Medhurst appears in the UK and abroad as musician and scholar, giving recitals and delivering illustrated lectures on music and the arts. He studied composition and early keyboard instruments at the Royal College of Music in London, and singing with Erik Werba at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. He is known today for his lecture-recital work which has taken him to Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa, as well as to all the major cities in Europe. He lectures for The Arts Society, The National Trust, and The Art Fund. Peter also leads tours abroad to places like Venice, Rome, Berlin, Vienna, and Madrid, and as part of the time spent exploring these places he gives organ recitals on the historic instruments in the various cathedrals and churches.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

Customer Reviews

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D.B. (Jackson, US)
Marriage of Figaro

An always excellent review of the history and musicological aspects of Mozart's magnificent opera.

K
K.S. (London, GB)
Illuminating talk on a beloved work I thought I'd known well

Learned a lot, as always

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N. (Victoria, CA)
Brillant

This seminar was truly superb. What a thrill to learn about this opera. Mr. Medhurst ticked all the boxes.

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C. (Offenbach, DE)
Very enjoyable

This was a wonderful introduction to Mozart's operas, in particular The Marriage of Figaro. I hope he will do many more conversations. He has a wonderful style. His wide-ranging knowledge and love of music really comes through.

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Based on 4 reviews
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D
D.B. (Jackson, US)
Marriage of Figaro

An always excellent review of the history and musicological aspects of Mozart's magnificent opera.

K
K.S. (London, GB)
Illuminating talk on a beloved work I thought I'd known well

Learned a lot, as always

N
N. (Victoria, CA)
Brillant

This seminar was truly superb. What a thrill to learn about this opera. Mr. Medhurst ticked all the boxes.

C
C. (Offenbach, DE)
Very enjoyable

This was a wonderful introduction to Mozart's operas, in particular The Marriage of Figaro. I hope he will do many more conversations. He has a wonderful style. His wide-ranging knowledge and love of music really comes through.