First-Time Perfection: Mozart's 'The Marriage of Figaro'


THE HIT SINGLE: "Porgi Amor"

Easily the opera's most poignant character, the Countess (soprano Carmela Remigio) doesn't make her first appearance until Act Two. Well aware of her husband's deceits infidelities, she opens the act with "Porgi amor," a gently soaring aria, appealing to love as a salve for yearning and heartache. 

THE B SIDE: "No so piu"

In Act One, as we meet the lovesick teenager Cherubino (mezzo-soprano Paola Gardina), he has an impossible crush on the Countess. But his adolescent hormones are in such high gear that, in this breathless aria, he tells Susanna that every woman he sees makes him tremble, and simply hearing the word love makes his heart pound with longing.