The opera song that Andy Dufresne plays over the loud speakers is Canzonetta sull'aria from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Marriage of Figaro.
The duet (actually, a duettino or short duet) from The Marriage of Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro), Canzonetta Sull’aria was composed for the third act of this comic opera in 1786.
The Marriage of Figaro is a sequel, of all things, to the earlier The Barber of Seville, and recounts a single “day of madness” (“la folle giornata” or “folle journée”) in the palace of the philandering Count Almaviva by his valet.
Born in Salzburg in 1756, Mozart is now recognised as one of the best classical composers of all times, with repertoire spanning opera to symphonies. Check out these 15 facts about the great composer at Classicfm.com.
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