The Barber of Seville / The Marriage of Figaro

The Barber of Seville / The Marriage of Figaro
Author: Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais
Language English
Pages: 224
ISBN10: 0140441336
Genre: Classics
Series Figaro Trilogy
Goodreads Rating: 3.77
ISBN13: 9780140441338
Published: May 27th 1976 by Penguin Classics

A French courtier, secret agent, libertine and adventurer, Beaumarchais (1732-99) was also author of two sparkling plays about the scoundrelly valet Figaro - triumphant successes that were used as the basis of operas by Mozart and Rossini. A highly engaging comedy of intrigue, The Barber of Seville portrays the resourceful Figaro foiling a jealous old man's attempts to keep his beautiful ward from her lover. And The Marriage of Figaro - condemned by Louis XVI for its daring satire of nobility and privilege - depicts a master and servant set in opposition by their desire for the same woman. With characteristic lightness of touch, Beaumarchais created an audacious farce of disguise and mistaken identity that balances wit, frivolity and seriousness in equal measure.