The Marriage of Figaro (includes Sull'aria from The Shawshank Redemption, Non piú andrai, Se vuol ballare)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
The 17th of Mozart's 20 pieces in the Ultimate Hall of Fame and his highest placed opera in this chart. This peaked at number 45 in 2006, the 250th anniversary of the composer's birth.
This chaotic comedy of deception ends up with a moral about forgiveness. Although the play by Beaumarchais on which The Marriage of Figaro is based was at first banned in Vienna because of its satire of the aristocracy, the opera became one of Mozart's most successful works. It features the aria 'Voi che sapete' and other timeless tunes.
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