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THE OREGON STATESMAN, SALEM, OREGON, SUNDAY MORNING, JULY 8, 1928
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This week we will reTiew sereralj
of Mozart'8 operas. The first one
will be Le Nozze dl Flfaro. more
commanly knowa The Marriage of
Mozart's opera In four acts
with words by Lorenzo la Ponte.
First produced at the National
Theater In Vienna on May 1st,
1786, with Mozart conducting.
Some of the opera stars who hate
appeared in this music drama at
the Metropolitan Opera' House in
New York are , Sembrich, Kames,
Farrar. Fritz! Scheft, Scotti, de
Reszke, Hempel. Matzenauer.
Cast of Cbarasters
Count AlmaTlva Baritone
Figara, his valet Baritone
Doctor Bartolo, a Physician . . Bass
Cherubino? a page . . .
consent to his ralet's wedding for
he wishes to carry on an intrigue
with Susanna, underestimating
Susanna's lore for Figaro. Mean
while Figaro has contrived a plan
for gaining the consent of the
Count to his wedding with Susan
na, and hia scheme is to make the
Count ashamed of himself and he
has sent him a letter telling of a
supposed rendezvous of the Count
ess in the castle garden, and Su
Banna is at the same time to meet
the Count at the same place, but
Cherubino. in Susanna's clothes
will meet the Count, and both will
be caught by the Count and Count
ess and then be confused.
At' this point we have the ex
quisite aria; "Vol che sapete, che
Tnor cosa e amor (wnat Is tnis reeling
Rnnrano! makes me so sad.)
Antonio, a gardner . ....
Don Curzlo, counsellor
at law . .Tenor eeal' has been forgotten
Countess Alma viva Soprano j hese a knock is heard.
The Countess finds, on examin
ing the officers' commission, the
It is the
Susanna, her personal maid, f ount. This causes confusion, and
affianced to Figaro. Soorano! Cherubino runs Into the Count-
Marcellina, a dueuna ". . . ."Soprano
Time 17th Century.
Place The Count's chateau of
Aguas Frescas, near Seville.
This opera was composed by
Mozart by the order of the Em
peror Joseph II of Austria. After
tl first performance the Emperor
showered praises upon the com
poser and he said, to him: "You
must admit, my dear Mozart, that
there are a great many notes in
Tour score." "Not one too many.
Sire," was Mozart's reply.
The opera opens with an over
ture. Now, in act one, we learn
4 fcl . rliro vr Onamn Alma viva 'o
vaiet, wants to marry Susanna.
The Count has given them a room
near his because he desires that
his valet be near enough to be
able to be quickly responsive to
bis call. And this is the scene ol
this act. Susanna, however, in
forms her lover that the real rea
son for the Count's selecting this
room is the fact that their master
Is enamored of her.
At this time Figaro is in a mud
dle as he has borrowed money
from Bartolo's housekeeper, and
in return has promised to marry
her if he is unable to- repay her.
She now appears and demands
payment; Bartolo. out of spite for
Figaro, and because he wants to
get rid of this old woman, and who
was his mistress, and bore him a
son, which was kidnapped soon
after its birth, eggs Marcellina on.
The next scene introduces to us
Cherubino, who loves every petti
coat he sees and. Susanna, and he
The advlstory J)oard of the Pa
cific, Legion held a regular con
clave yesterday in Portland. Just
what they did and 'did not do
would be hard to say. Everyone
ficiently during the absence of the
George E. Love, state commtn-. Brown who haa performed to
wa. vmq imu UVVU v aa
a Salem visitor Friday and while
here he called en several Legion
naires. He was enroute from his
home to the state headquarters
A conclave of District No. 2 will
be held in Salem on the evening
of July 13 in the Legion rooma
There will be delegates present
from nearly every post In the five
counties, Washington, Marlon,
Polk, Yamhill and Tillamook. This
is expected to be one of the larg
est gatherings of a similar nature
an Legion Department of Oregon.
Members of the state executive
committee had their pictures In
the magazine and each one had an
article relative to his work of the
Ever since the return of the
National Guard we have been look
ing for Rufe White and just lo
cated him the other day. He re
ported a most entertaining en
campinent and says it is all right
for a time with emphasis on the
The dedication of the airport at
Vernonla on Sunday, July 1 was
postponed owing to the rainy sea
son. In spits of that rains they had
a large turnout of people and two
planes were there carrying pas
sengers and otherwise performing
stunts for the crowds. (
ings in the south part of the coun-
ftry will know that wis wiu om
mo small affair,. "The Greatest ev
er , according to ine wise one
who appear to know. On to Med-
appears to expecting some def-ln he tte tala year.
lnite recommendation .from the
board at the state convention so
one will probably be forthcoming.
The board is composed of John
Beckwith of . Portland, Robert C.
Dillard of Cooe Bay Post No. 17,
Marshfield. and Irl . S. McSberry
of Capital Post No. 9 of Salem.
entreats Susanna to influence the
Count in his behalf, who has pre
viously discharged him. Cherubino
craves the company of the Count
ess ana sings tne aria MNon so
plu cosa son, cosa faccio" (Ata.
what feelings new possess me!")
The Count's step is uearc. tjmr
blno hides behind a chair and from;
this position hears the Count
making love to Susanna. We now
hear the voice of the music mas
ter on the stage. The Count goes
toward the door. Cherubino now
contga from behind the chair and
cvceals himself under a .dress
that has been thrown over a chair.
The Count conceals himself be
hind the chair where Cherubino
has. been. Basilto now enters and
casts insinuating remarks con
cerning jthe flirtations of Cherubi
no with Susanna and the Count-es.-
This enrages the Count, on
hearing .his wifo's name so freely
used,- so that he comes from be
hind the chair with the remark
that- he has caught the rascal.
Cherubino with: Barbarina, the
gardener's daughter (with whom
the Count I4, co flirted.) In
Illustrating he says that Cherubi
no was hidden under" a coverlet.
"just as If he was under this dress
here.' so lifting the gown from
the chair, lo and behold! there
stands Cherubino. This, makes the
Count furious. Now as the page
heard him making love to Susanna,
and) while Figaro and others come
to beg that he be forgiven, the
Count gives him a commislon as
aaof fleer In his own regiment,
but will not permit him to remain
In the castle. At this, moment we
bave that daehing martial air,
"Non piu arwdral, farfallone amo
roso" (play do more the part of
a lover.) "
The Count has not given his
ess s room, wane Susanna nides
behind the curtain, and the Count,
being very jealous, is very suspi
cious of the embarrassment of his
wife. He tries the door through
which Cherubino has gone, " and
finding it bolted, goes to get tools
with which to break it down, tak
ing his wife with him. While they
are gone Cherubino slips through
the window into the garden. Su
sanna enters and bolts the door,
and when the Count breaks the
door open, discovers Susanna' only,
in his wife's room. And all would
have been well, but, unfortunate
ly, Antonio enters and says a man
has jumped out of the Countess'
window, and in doing so haa
broken a flowerpot. Figaro enters
now, and Immediately sensing
that something is wrong, says that
it was he that 'jumped out of the
window, but Antonio has found a
paper and shows it, and it is
Cherubino's commission. The ques
tion arises how did Figaro come
I by it if he jumped out of the win
dow. But the situation for the
moment when the Countess whis
pers to Figaro, and Figaro says'
that Cherubino gave it to him so
that he might obtain the missing
Things seem to have been clear
ed up when Marcellina and Bar-'
tolo enter to lodge complaint
against Figaro for breech of prom
ise. This again gives the Count a
pretext to refuse his consent 10
Figaro's and Susanna's marriage.
In this act at the trial between
Marcellina and Figaro, we find
that Figaro is her long-lost nat
ural son. Susanna pays all the
costs of the trial, and it seems
now that all the obstacles aavs
been cleared away and the mar
riage can take place. But thei
Count hs not been cured of his
fickle fancies, so the Countess and
Susanna - decide upon another
scheme,- which is that during the
wedding festivities, Susanna is to
see that the Cbunf secretly receives
a note inviting him to meet her.
but the Countess is to be dressed
in Susanna's clothes and will meet
hhn instead. Of this plan Figaro
knows nothing,' but finding out
about the note, he becomes jeal
ous. This scene of the letter brings
out the most beautiful arts in the
opera, the "letter duet" or Can
sonetta rail' aria (the 'Canzonet-
ta ef the'Zepbyr') "Che soave
zefflretto,r (Hither gentle zephyr)
a beautiful melody, the lady dic
tates, 'the maid writes down, 'and
the result is an exquisite duet.
- The final act, after a series
of amusing contretempts, brings
about the desired results in ' the
garden. The Count is on his knees
before the Countess, and at the'
fall of the curtain we leave the
opera with the feeling' that" the
Count has been taught a lesson
and is prepared to mend his ways.
'- szn ptn ishrde-) .'7t0$. .
E. B. O., Editor.
The first regular meeting of
Capital Post No. 5 of the American
Legion is scheduled for Tuesday
evening at eight o'clock, in the
club rooms. Commander "Fod"
Maison has returned from his va
Several very important matters
will be discussed at this meeting
and the resolutions to be presented
to the state convention by the ex
ecutive committee will be read and
considered. Among the problems
Word has just been received
from state headquarters of the
American Legion that Capital Post
No. 9 is scheduled ttr stage a pub
lic Initiation at the stats conven
tion this year. The local degree
team won quite some reputation
for Itself in that line of endeavor
during the pass. year. The team
has been composed of R. H. Mais
on, Herman . Brown, Irl S. Mc-
to be discussed will be the election1 Sherry, R. L. Royal and Lyle Dun
ana installation or post oniciais, smoore.
the granting of voting powers to
district executive committeemen,
and the ever present in the past
problem the Pacific Legion.
A little lees than one month and
the Legionnaires of Oregon will
be gathering in Medford for the
great event of the year. Tr con
vention dates are August 2, 3 and
4 and the official program will be
adopted In the next few days and
then made public. Suffice it to
say at the present time that re
ports comlna from Medford indi
cats that they have a real celebra
tlon planned right now and those
who have attended former gather-
Waldo R. Mills Leads
New Woodmen Officers
clerk; J.- C. Formlck, assistant
clerk; L. W. DuBois, escort; Ray
V. Shelton, watchman: O. L. Dar
ling, sentry; C. C. Wols, George
T. Walker and G. W. Chapman,
managers: L. O. Allman. physi
cian; Charles Jacquet, captain.
The following officers were In
stalled at the recent -meeting of
the Woodmen of the World and
will serve for the next six-month
L. H. Roberts, past consul com
mander; Waldo O. Mills, consul
commander- E. N. Filstnger, ad
visor lieutenant; George R. Staf
ford, banker; W. E. Judson.
The Pacific Legion for July has
I arrived on the scene and contains' more continuing
Adjutant Ray Bassett of Cap!-!
tal Post No. 9 of the American
Legion reported the membership j
of the post had reached the 1106
mark yesterday and with a few
to come ! in yet.
cation and will preside, thus re-some very elucidating articles rel-jlt may reach the 1150 mark before
lieving Vice-Commander Herman' a tive to the affairs of the Americ- convention time.
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