The harmonies in this opera are so divine. Mozart's work is impeccable. So basically, if I am getting this right this opera is partly what led to the French Revolution. Marie Antoinette ignorantly pushed her husband the king to stage this opera. It is filled with disguised dissent that is clever and for the most part defied the censor of the day.
This is my favorite line of our lead Figaro from the 5th scene second act and the revolutionary centerpiece of the play: (and was ommitted by Mozart)
Figaro: "If only one could speak equally well of politics! But feigning ignorance of what you know, and pretending to know what you do not; pretending to understand what mystifies you, and not to hear what you do grasp, pretending to be able to do what you cannot, and that you are guarding a secret which does not really exist, locking yourself in a room merely to sharpen quills, and appearing deep when you are not; sounding impressive like an empty vessel when it is struck. Always pretending, for good or ill, engaging spies and rewarding traitors, breaking seals, intercepting letters, and always being ready to dignify the happiness of the means employed by pointing out the importance of the objective? That's the whole of politics, I'll stake my life on it!"
Well said yes? And even better sung. Please go listen to this opera. It is so beautiful. In it you will find love conquering all.