Opera Buffa Satire

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Opera, as with any theatrical production is often indicative of some societal norm or expectation. However, Opera Buffa, as with any satire generally reaches into the outcasts of society to find humor in the contrasts with the “norms”. Interestingly, these comedic teachings often turn into the norms of tomorrow. These can go from political beliefs, drugs, clothing, hairstyles, relationships, anything that is different than expected. To help better explain this let us look at a modern example. I Love Lucy is a television show that showed humor with a whacky wife expanding her horizons as she wandered into a world mainly for men. It is true that women had been given the right to vote decades before but is wasn’t until the need for more female worker during World War II that women began to find their way out of the home. It was the exploring of these boundaries that made part of the comedy.
We also find these explorations in Le Nozze di Figaro, a comedy that visited that day and reached for the next. It was written in a time when serfdom and the aristocracy were becoming obsolete. In fact, shortly after the writing of the production the Holy Roman Empire was no more. The age of revolution was beginning as the United States found its way out of aristocracy. England and France slowly began
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In fact, some people credit Le Nozze di Figaro for starting the Revolution. While I do not believe that Le Nozze di Figaro started the Revolution of the time, I do believe that Mozart emulated the world and society around him to write his Opera Buffas, specifically Le Nozze di Figaro.
The play in which Mozart based his Opera on was called Le Marriage de Figaro written in 1778 by Pierre Beaumarchais. The play was considered so racy and against the politics of the times that it was banned from the Viennese stage by King Louis XVI. “Mozart evidently studies Paisiello’s handling of the same personalities and included deliberate references to it.” (Sadie 2000,
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