Le Nozze di Figaro: In Defence of My Uncouthness and Pretence

Tomorrow, Le Nozze di Figaro will be staged in the Esplanade. Now regarded as an essential of the standard operatic repertoire, the opera buffa is relatively famous with its overture often performed as a concert piece. It’s not listed in the 6th place of Opera America’s Top 20 most performed operas for nothing, you know.[1]

Your run-of-the-mill youth probably couldn’t care less about such a performance and would rather jump into the mosh pit in a random Christina Aguilera concert. But still, I do have some friends who are terribly interested in all things classical.

Therefore, I can’t help but feel a tinge of guilt that I am holding a free pass—a gallery pass no less—to Le Nozze. Me, a plebeian, uncultured couth who is a pseudo-intellectual with a bad, stinky pseudonym “Aristocrat”.

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