Bass singer Edward E. Reicin has participated in many productions, including Falstaff and Lucia di Lammermoor. A returning artist of the L’Opera Piccola in Chicago, Edward Reicin has also performed in Le Nozze di Figaro.
Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, known as The Marriage of Figaro, debuted on May 1, 1786 in Vienna, Austria. Based on a stage comedy by Pierre Beaumarchais, the opera is composed of four acts that make up a single day of scheming to delay the inevitable wedding of two of the major characters, Figaro and Susanna.
Upon its opening, the opera drew criticism from the nobility for its plotline, which they worried would incite class warfare. To avoid any repercussions, especially from their royal patron, Mozart and his librettist, Lorenzo da Ponte, presented the story as a light comedy. The opera received resounding acclaim from audience members. However, many in the upper classes remained concerned.