Le nozze di Figaro: True love always finds a way…

Wednesday November 20th 2019, MET Opera House, Lincoln Center

This week, dear friends, we are back at the opera to celebrate one of Mozart’s masterpieces about love’s twists and turns, always triumphant, when it is pure and real.

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And I enjoyed writing about it, even more this week, since my next post will be mid December, as vacations are looming soon.

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So this post is a tad long.

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And how wonderful, for all of us, thanks to Mozart, to be evoking once again, one of life’s most tremendous gifts, the gift of love for one another.

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As wonderful, as the beginning of the holiday season, starting with one of my favorite ones, the unique, wonderfully festive, and heartwarming Thanksgiving, where laughter, joy and intelligent exchanges, in terrific company, can be found.

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Of course, it is not quite, just like pure romance, but it is up there.

So for feelings of love, romantic and otherwise, let’s listen to this wonderful song:

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And how about this one, about love in all of its expressions, feeling like a sun to follow?

I’m in!

Fabulous!

I am sure, Mozart would have loved these modern musicians as well!

As all great musicians inspire the best, in everyone.

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And what a beautiful production, last Wednesday, by Sir Richard Eyre; absolutely stunning, spectacular, and elegantly quaint. In a word: charming.

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And the singers last Wednesday, were amazing; in particular, two especially caught my attention: Luca Pisaroni, the Venezuelan bass-baritone, as Figaro, so in love with his Susanna; and how about the stunning and fabulous American soprano, one of my favorites these days, I must say, Nadine Sierra, as the wonderfully fun, sweet, suave, smart as a whip, and loving, Susanna.

And what incredible music from Mozart, last Wednesday, beautifully conducted by Manacorda, the sensitive and talented italian maestro!

So wonderful!

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So beautiful, like life and love.

So inspiring.

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And Mozart, in this masterpiece, creates many moments of pure magic, with a few incredible arias, sang to a beautiful text, from librettist extraordinaire, Da Ponte.

And it is not surprising, as Da Ponte, was one of the usual side kicks of Mozart, who had also collaborated with him, on “Così fan tutte” and also on “Don Giovanni”, believe it or not.

And in this instance, our “Le Nozze di Figaro” is quite an extraordinary “animal”, a profoundly “human” tale: fun, both slapstick and deep at times, and at others, dark as well. But this opera which premiered in Vienna in 1786, fortunately, is mostly filled with light, and based on a wonderfully entertaining play, by Beaumarchais.

A beautiful text, often joyful, yet, at times, sad as well; sometimes transparent, sometimes not; always, unbelievably romantic, as well as silly and hilarious. Even more so, than life, at times, of course.

So similar to real life, and a real inspiration to all, about how to be responsible for one’s life, one’s happiness, despite its complexities at times, which is also, what makes it interesting, and guides all, to render in our lives, as much beautiful, lighthearted love, for oneself and others, at all times.

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So in conclusion, a happy text, and opera, “le Nozze di Figaro”; more often than not.

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A tale, also about masks people choose to wear in society at times, because one has to; and also in love, because one doesn’t know, if the other will feel the same about love; will have the same outlook on love, on how precious it is, how delightful and how much respect, independence, patience, compassion, forgiveness, and attention it commands, to grow strong for the long haul; yet fortunately, true love always shines through, even through difficulties.

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Mozart and Da Ponte were such great visionaries about life and love.

And that is one of the best trait, in my opinion, about the collaboration between Da Ponte and Mozart, their rare talent, to read into the complexities, absurdities sometimes, but also, their ability to especially draw from the beauty and grace at times, as well, thankfully, that overflows, in many of humankind’s various souls.

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What a talent, this “soul reading” art, these sensitive musicians possess, like few do.

How about that?

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And sometimes, in matters of love, expressing one’s love for another is incredibly scary; yet so unbelievably wonderful to do, when one listens to his or her heart, and just says it simply; because it is true, as this drawing of Psyche for me, captures well.

A drawing for me, capturing the incredible love and erotic charge between Psyche and Cupid, awoken by the kiss of love.

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And sometimes, it is fears that are masked, and that is a good thing, so that the best, the most creative and courageous in us, can shine through, like it does, for true heroes.

What geniuses, Mozart and Da Ponte!

And of course, some of these emotions, are understood consciously, others aren’t, and all live inside.

How incredibly fascinating!

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And for all of the characters, or for our own sake, for that matter, our/their emotions and circumstances, make the characters/us evolve.

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And for the most determined, courageous, creative, and gentle, light seeking, goodness driven, tolerant, responsible, and independent, who attempt to lead a successful life, in all possible areas; and, without ever, ever, ever, hurting others; they do well.

And how?

By developing a propensity in life, for intelligent, and yet caring, successful, sustainable, self reliance; and by developing their various talents, to unleash, as much for one self, as for others, loads of unbridled joy, light heartedness, and sometimes deep connexions, generosity, respect, tolerance and acceptance of mistakes, and developing as well a huge capacity for forgiveness (self and towards others), and by developing as well of course, the two most important things (in my humble opinion), in life, which to me are: peace and love.

Aren’t they?

And these goals, encapsulate some of the thoughts I have, about what one should strive for, in life, in my opinion, to be as happy as can be.

Just saying.

And of course, everyone has their own opinion, about how to lead their own lives, and that is wonderful of course, as long as people respect each other, and fortunately, that is always possible!

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Mozart always inspires me to think about how to live our lives, and especially, about living our lives, as right as possible, for own souls, and that is for everyone to discover, for themselves.

How exciting!

And how about that?

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I find it all exhilarating, if you ask me, including, to try to constantly, do better in life, and of course, there is always room for improvement, otherwise life would be boring!

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And that’s what matters most, it seems to me, to constantly do our best, to evolve towards becoming a better human being, whatever life throws at you/us; as by doing so, we then, fully appreciate, all of its beauty and light.

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And when one does, all darkness can be transmuted into harmony, and endless love and joy.

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I know, it’s my natural optimism in life, but I say, let’s be optimistic, and as joyful as possible in life; it makes it, a better place to live; for oneself firstly, and also fortunately, for all of those, we encounter, along the way!

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And perhaps, all of this, seems too idealistic to many, but I think that, often, obstacles are there, for Mozart characters, just like in own lives, to learn (as I was mentioning above), to be taught the meaning of goodness, of compassion and also, of course, the meaning of love, in all its expressions; an emotion constantly evolving towards more beauty, when properly nurtured.

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Just as sometimes in life, true and endless love, appears, out of nowhere, on a warm, joyful, magical and beautiful evening; never to leave one’s heart.

How wonderful, lucky and beautiful, when it does!

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A love, that Susanna et Figaro would understand in a flash, other characters in the story, are “tools”/fools for many of them; but Susanna and Figaro, certainly, aren’t; and they come up with all sorts of wonderfully inventive schemes, to make their heavenly, strong, magical, loving, caring, creative, harmonious, serene, and joyful love, flourish!

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Well done!

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That is the great strength of Figaro and Susanna’s love/relationship, they know, it is their responsibility to choose, in all of life’s circumstances, and their circumstances, are not always easy to navigate, to choose to be happy, as best as possible, at all costs, and be proactive about it, in various ways!

Well done!

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And obviously, when the delicate butterfly, that is anyone, who is/embodies “love”; who seeks love, selflessly, and is sometimes, for the lucky ones, awakened by the kiss of Cupid’s love, it is just fabulous!

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Just pure perfection, this kiss from Cupid!

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A kiss, that can grow a love, alike to the most beautiful rose, that can flourish, eternally, over the years, and grow stronger, when watered with love, patience, and fired up, with sunny joy, and laughter.

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How fabulous!

As wonderful, this love, as light and heat, from the sun, on a beautiful summer day, and as restorative, as the refreshing and soft dew, of the early morning; which allows the beautiful “love” flower, to withstand, even, the strongest weather.

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A lovely “love flower”, as beautiful, as nature itself.

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A lovely “love flower”, as moving, as beautiful loving lovers, for one another, are to each other.

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Just so inspiring to think about the magic of love…

Romantically of course, but in all of its expressions, as well!

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Love is always incredibly inspiring; and for romantic love, like many, I find this charming illustration of Cupid, just fabulously cute.

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And Mozart and Da Ponte, I think, knew also, that love, in all its expressions, needs to be attended to, regularly; and that those who forget to honor it properly, will lose it; and those, who constantly “train”, to make it even lovelier, will emerge, as winners, in love.

And that’s what “Le Nozze Di Figaro”, this wonderful lighthearted, yet serious opera, in a nutshell, is about, for me: attending with creativity, to love’s charming designs, and at times also, attending to its unexpected twists and turns, because it makes us, stronger and better human beings.

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And true, eternal love, is always, for the long haul; for those capable of training their hearts, to be marathon runners, of “goodheartedness”.

Not always easy to achieve, but always worth trying, if you ask me!

See what Buddha, has to say about this:

And those of us, willing to take this fascinating journey with endurance, hope and light, will learn to develop sometimes; even newer, stronger, and even more beautiful feelings, for one another; filled with joy, laughter, and stronger love; if one trusts oneself, trusts his/her sweetheart, and trusts life, and its constant beautiful renewal.

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A faith, one needs to have, that is soft and serene, as is, this charming angel.

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And of course, one is attached to others, and to one’s soul mate; but one has to attach oneself as well, and even more importantly, it seems to me, to especially worthwhile goals, if you ask me, not just to being(s), or things, to be truly happy, as Einstein, also believed:

And all fears and darkness can always, always, always, be transmuted towards a beautiful new “creature”, more whole, more compassionate, more hopeful, more patient, more forgiving (for oneself and others) “creature”; and become thus, an even more loving being, when one, not only transmutes one’s dark sides, into light, laughter, wonder, and capacity to dream new dreams; and if one, then, also chooses, to celebrate as well, love; and cares for it; cares for love properly, responsibly, with patience and devotion, whether for one self, for one’s family, or one’s sweetheart, then one is sure, to win in love, in all of its expressions.

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Because, then, and only then, I believe; even more happiness, more love too, arises for oneself, and for all beings who matter, as both Figaro and Susanna also, knew/know.

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So in a nutshell, to give you all, just a tad more details about ‘Le Nozze de Figaro”‘s plot; after this long preamble, just keep in mind, that “Le Nozze di Figaro” is a tale about lovers, and love’s triumph, when it is pure, joyful, creative, light seeking, and serene.

And I am not the only one, to truly admire this masterpiece by Mozart. Brahms once said, to a friend of his, the following: “I simply cannot understand how anyone, can create something so absolutely complete as “Le Nozze di Figaro”.

Isn’t so well said?

Let’s get back to the main protagonists, of this incredible opera:

The main “lover” characters, of this intriguing and fun tale, are a count and a countess, their “help” (Figaro and Susanna), and of course “Cherubino”, also present, believe it or not.

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And all the “lovers”, after a few twists and turns, end up with the right eternally loving “partners”, at the very last scene of the opera; and one can tell, that their love is even stronger, than when it started, because all the characters have evolved, towards more light, and therefore, even more exquisite love!

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And let’s now, pay a little attention, to the charming Cherubino as well.

Let’s now read, this great depiction about falling in love, for the very first time, with another beautiful being; and of course, as this is Cherubino expressing himself, he is taken of course, with many lovely beings, probably not the easiest thing, to have to face, if you ask me; let’s now read his charming thoughts, which of course, also, leaves the audience in stitches every time:

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CHERUBINO
I no longer know what I am, what I do;
now I’m all fire, now all ice; every
woman changes my temperature, every
woman makes my heart beat faster.
The very mention of love, of delight,
 
disturbs me, changes my heart, and
speaking of love, forces on me a
desire I cannot restrain!
I no longer know what I am, etc.
I speak of love while I’m awake,
I speak of love while I’m sleeping,
to rivers, to shadows, to mountains,
to flowers, to grass, to fountains,
to echoes, to air, to winds,
until they carry away
the sound of my useless words.
I speak of love while I’m awake, etc.
And if no one is near to hear me
I speak of love to myself.

Isn’t it so charming, and hilarious as well, especially when Cherubino is interpreted by a fun and expressive singer?

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Let’s now discover, another description by Figaro, of all the qualities of love that are important to him, a text, I am sure, which is sure to charm you, even more.

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Let’s read:

FIGARO (to Cherubino)
No more will you, amorous butterfly,
flit around the castle night and day,
upsetting all the pretty girls,
love’s little Narcissus and Adonis, etc.
No more will you have those fine plumes,
that soft and stylish hat,
 
those fine locks, that striking air,
those rosy, girl-like cheeks.
No more will you, etc.
Among warriors swearing by Bacchus!
Great mustachios, holding your pack,
a gun on your shoulder, a sabre at your side,
head held high, frank of feature,
wearing a great helmet or a turban,
winning honors, but little money,
and in place of the fandango
a march through the mud.
Over mountains, over valleys,
through the snow and burning sun.
To the music of trumpets,
of shells and cannons,
with balls sounding thunder,
making your ears ring.
Cherubino, on to victory,
on to victory in war!(They leave, marching like soldiers.)

Isn’t it delightful?

And now, let’s turn our attention, towards a few of my favorite arias, which I am sure, Puccini himself, would have loved as well.

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Four arias ladies and gentlemen, particularly enchant me, in this wonderful opera; as they all celebrate love, in beautifully, poetic and expressive ways.

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In Act II, let’s listen to the “countess”, who longs to find true everlasting love, as it is such an exquisite treasure in life. It so moving, it stirs at my heart strings, each time.

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Let’s listen to her beautiful melancholy; and fear not, things will get better for her, shortly after.

Let’s first, read the moving text:

CONTESSA
Grant, love, some relief
to my sorrow, to my sighing.
Give me back my treasure,
or at least let me die.
Grant, love, etc.

Let’s now, listen to the ravishing, incredibly delicate, hopeful, and moving music:

Let’s even, listen to three different versions of the first beautiful aria, I never tire of this beautiful jewel:

Let’s listen particularly, to the warmth and pain in her voice; so devastatingly, and dramatically expressed, by this incredible artist:

How about that?

Let’s now, listen to a different take on this aria, at a slower tempo, what amazing voice agility, and purity; also another incredibly beautiful and sorrowful rendition, by another gifted singer.

Let’s listen:

Isn’t it incredible as well?

And now, let’s listen to my favorite rendition, encapsulating such charm, feminity, softness, and also, what charisma, what a singer, and what an actress!

And let me reassure you, things will end up well, and happily, at the close of the opera, for the beautiful contessa.

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Let’s watch and enjoy, the most beautiful “contessa” in my opinion:

And last Wednesday, Susanna Phillips, was equally believable and charming.

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Let’s now listen, still during Act II, to another heartwarming, beautiful aria.

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It is called “Voi que Sapete”, it is sung by “Cherubino” who is often embodied by a woman, dressed up as man. I dont know why, but why not?

Let’s listen, in just a moment, to this great jewel as well.

Such a romantic, and graceful jewel, this lovely aria, you will see; it always requires utmost sensitivity, and pure inspired genius from the sopranos.

How about that?

Let’s first, read the beautiful text:

CHERUBINO
You who know what love is,
ladies, see whether it’s in my heart.
What I experience I’ll describe for you;
it’s new to me. I don’t understand it.
I feel an emotion full of desire,
that is now pleasure, and now suffering.
I freeze, then I feel my soul burning up,
and in a moment I’m freezing again.
I seek a blessing outside myself,
from whom I know not, or what it is.
I sigh and moan without meaning to,
 
palpitate and tremble without knowing it.
I find no peace night or day,
and yet I enjoy languishing so.
You who know what love is, etc.

Let’s now, listen to a few different versions of this beautiful aria:

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Isn’t it a stunning rendition?

I also love, this other one, sung to a slightly slower tempo.

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And let’s now, listen to another rendition, from another charming singer:

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And I also particularly love, this other version, from another era; so charming as well:

Enjoy!

Isn’t it?

And now, let’s finally listen, to one last one, I promise; so filled with warmth, which I particularly admire, as well.

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And last Wednesday, Gaëlle Arquez, was wonderful as well, as Cherubino, fessing up his true, ardent, loving feelings to “his” beautiful contessa.

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Such delicate and beautiful feelings, between these two love birds.

Just exquisite…

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And such a charming contessa…

Love will smile upon them.

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Just like it does, in this beautiful and charming painting.

Isn’t it deliciously quaint?

And how about this one?

Just charming.

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Let’s now, listen to the third aria, during Act III, an amazingly romantic serenade, of a lover for his/her lover; an aria I never tire of, as beautiful as a similar one, composed by Schubert, if you ask me; and so close in intention, and in the text.

Just ravishing.

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Let’s first, read Schubert’s beautiful “serenade” text, written by Ludwig Rellstab, and translated here in english, like all the rest of the libretto, before listening to the stunning music, by this other genius, the equally wonderful, and amazingly talented, Schubert.

Serenade

My songs beckon softly
through the night to you;
below in the quiet grove,
Come to me, beloved!

The rustle of slender leaf tips whispers
in the moonlight;
Do not fear the evil spying 
of the betrayer, my dear.

Do you hear the nightingales call?
Ah, they beckon to you,
With the sweet sound of their singing
they beckon to you for me.

They understand the heart's longing,
know the pain of love,
They calm each tender heart
 with their silver tones.

Let them also stir within your breast,
beloved, hear me!
Trembling I wait for you,
Come, please me!

Let’s now, listen to this devastatingly beautiful “serenade”, in a great soft and delicate guitar version, of Schubert’s “Ständchen”:

Enjoy!

And now, let’s compare this beautiful Schubert piece, to Mozart and Da Ponte’s version, for “Le Nozze di Figaro”:

Let’s first, read Da Ponte’s delicate and poetic text:

“A little song on the breeze, on the breeze, what a gentle little zephyr, a little zephyr. This evening will sigh. This evening will sigh. Under the pines in the little grove. Under the pines…Under the pines in the little grove. Under…the pines…in the little grove. And the rest, he’ll understand. Certainly, certainly, he’ll understand”.

Isn’t it just ravishing?

Just like this beautiful painting.

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And now, let’s listen to this beautiful aria about “a little song in the breeze” , in a different context: in a stunning and haunting film “The Shawshank Redemption” by Darabont (1994); and in this instance, the hero needs to share beauty with all, to find a bit of rebellious freedom; for himself, first and foremost; but also, because he is a generous man, for other men incarcerated with him, for all sorts of crimes, in this especially moving clip.

And lastly, just keep in mind also, that the aria they are listening to, this beautiful in its simplicity “a little song in the breeze” aria, is a call for love, in this moving “serenade” again; from one “love bird” to another, which makes it even more moving, of course, in this unusual environment.

Hang on to your hats.

So let’s read, one last time, Da Ponte’s simple and devastatingly poetic text, sang by an amorous “love bird” to its mate:

“On the breeze, what a gentle little zephyr, a little zephyr. This evening will sigh. This evening will sigh, under the pines in the little grove. Under the pines…Under the pines in the little grove. Under…the pines…in the little grove. And the rest, he’ll understand. Certainly, certainly, he’ll understand”.

And now, let’s watch the incredible movie clip:

Brace yourselves, it is powerful:

Told ya.

And now, let’s listen to it, and admire at the same time, from Fragonard, one of his most exquisite paintings about love: “Le progrès de l’Amour”.

Let’s listen again, to this delightful aria, and enjoy first, the painting:

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Isn’t it something?

Just like these other beautiful paintings/wall decorations from Fragonard, one can also admire, in New York; at the Frick collection.

Enjoy!

And now, let’s listen to the final aria, from this beautiful opera, which I particularly enjoy:

An aria, sung by Susanna, the joyful and witty, pretty, and smarty pants chamber maid, and true heroine of this opera, and who sings another serenade “song” to her lover, the charming Figaro, to ask him, to meet up.

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Enjoy!

And now, let’s just listen to one beautiful rendition of this aria, as this post is already way too long!

But sharing beautiful things about love, is always incredibly wonderful to do, so I do!

Just like watching a beautiful painting, depicting deeply moving lovers.

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Let’s now, read the text:

SUSANNA
At last the moment is near when carefree I shall
exult in the embrace of him I worship. Timid care,
be banished from my heart, and come not to
disturb my joy. Oh, how the beauties of this place,
of heaven and earth, respond to the fire of my
love. How night furthers my designs!
Come now, delay not, lovely joy,
come where love calls you to pleasure.
The nocturnal torch shines not yet in heaven;
the air is still murky, and the earth silent.
Here the brook murmurs, the breezes play
and with gentle sighing refresh the heart.
Here flowers are laughing, and the grass is cool;
all things beckon to love’s delights.
Come, my soul, within this hidden grove.
Come! I would crown your brow with roses!

And now, let’s listen to this beautiful charming aria, so wonderfully loving.

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An aria, sung from the smartest and most fun loving, charming slapstick comedians at times, as well as heroic characters; and always moving and amorous lovers, always attentive to each other, in this opera; which is another reason, I enjoy this aria so!

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And again, these paintings, are for Figaro and Susanna, who would enjoy them so, and as much, as I do; I am sure.

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Or just like, this old fashion still, which also depicts, a beautiful love; an incredible love, a love for the ages.

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And I love that, in the libretto, at one point, Figaro calls his Susanna, his Venus, while he calls himself, Mars.

So charming, and poetic.

I love it of course.

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And I love, that Figaro expresses to his Susanna, his sincere desire, to be the best possible partner for her, and to make progress, to constantly, honor her, and as well as possible.

Aw….

Isn’t it awesome?

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Bravo Figaro!

Bravissimo!

Well done dear!

And Susanna, she forgives all of Figaro’s past mistakes, as she loves him, her Figaro, as she should!

Bravo Susana!

Bravissima!

Isn’t it awesome?

Just like in this charming painting, as well.

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And before I end this long post, let’s read another beautiful poem by Musset, for Figaro and Susanna.

A une fleur

Que me veux-tu, chère fleurette,
Aimable et charmant souvenir ?
Demi-morte et demi-coquette,
Jusqu’à moi qui te fait venir ?

Sous ce cachet enveloppée,
Tu viens de faire un long chemin.
Qu’as-tu vu ? que t’a dit la main
Qui sur le buisson t’a coupée ?

N’es-tu qu’une herbe desséchée
Qui vient achever de mourir ?
Ou ton sein, prêt à refleurir,
Renferme-t-il une pensée ?

Ta fleur, hélas ! a la blancheur
De la désolante innocence ;
Mais de la craintive espérance
Ta feuille porte la couleur.

As-tu pour moi quelque message ?
Tu peux parler, je suis discret.
Ta verdure est-elle un secret ?
Ton parfum est-il un langage ?

S’il en est ainsi, parle bas,
Mystérieuse messagère ;
S’il n’en est rien, ne réponds pas ;
Dors sur mon coeur, fraîche et légère.

Je connais trop bien cette main,
Pleine de grâce et de caprice,
Qui d’un brin de fil souple et fin
A noué ton pâle calice.

Cette main-là, petite fleur,
Ni Phidias ni Praxitèle
N’en auraient pu trouver la soeur
Qu’en prenant Vénus pour modèle.

Elle est blanche, elle est douce et belle,
Franche, dit-on, et plus encor ;
A qui saurait s’emparer d’elle
Elle peut ouvrir un trésor.

Mais elle est sage, elle est sévère ;
Quelque mal pourrait m’arriver.
Fleurette, craignons sa colère.
Ne dis rien, laisse-moi rêver.

Isn’t it beautiful?

Just like this delightful poem, by Leconte de Lisle, about roses, which Fauré wrote music to:

Enjoy!

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Les roses d’Ispahan

Les roses d’Ispahan dans leur gaine de mousse,
Le jasmins de Mossoul, les fleurs de l’oranger,
Ont un parfum moins frais, ont une odeur moins douce,
Ô blanche Leïlah! que ton souffle léger.

Ta lèvre est de corail et ton rire léger
Sonne mieux que l’eau vive et d’une voix plus douce.
Mieux que le vent joyeux qui berce l’oranger,
Mieux que l’oiseau qui chante au bord d’un nid de mousse.

Ô Leïlah! depuis que de leur vol léger
Tous les baisers ont fui de ta lèvre si douce
Il n’est plus de parfum dans le pâle oranger,
Ni de céleste arôme aux roses dans leur mousse.

Oh! que ton jeune amour ce papillon léger
Revienne vers mon coeur d’une aile prompte et douce.
Et qu’il parfume encore la fleur de l’oranger,
Les roses d’Ispahan dans leur gaine de mousse.

Let’s now, listen to a great rendition of the poem, in song from another era; yet, another beautiful jewel:

Enjoy!

Let’s now, listen to this other rendition, so simple, and equally beautiful.

And let’s listen to this third one, so charming as well!

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And let’s finally, listen to a chorus version, which of course, I also, gravitate naturally, towards.

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So charming…

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Just like this other great jewel, from the great E.E. Cummings, for all of you star gazers, and sky lovers, which I am sure, Figaro and Susanna were/are as well.

Enjoy!

And finally, to conclude this long post, because it will give you lots to read and music to listen to, before I return to writing in my blog, by mid December; and a shorter post this time, will await, I promise, I wish everyone well, and a great start, to the holiday season!

And for now, before parting with you, let me just tell you, that my friends and I, left the Opera House last Wednesday, just dazzled by such beauty, wit and fun, emanating from this operatic masterpiece.

So do listen, or go and see, soon, “Le Nozze di Figaro”.

As you can tell, it is so worth it, bringing so much joy to all, allowing for a wonderful time for all, being rich in so many ways, and happy, just like in this wonderful modern song, which I am sure Mozart himself, would also equally, love to dance to!

Yay!

Enjoy!

And see you in a few weeks, for more fun cultural jewels awaiting!

Yay!

Soft…

Fluttering…

Joyful…

Happy…

Loving…

Eternal butterflies 😊