Because Count Almaviva wants Suzanne as his mistress, he attempts to prevent the couple’s marriage.
Suspicious of his master, Figaro sends the Count an anonymous letter informing him that the Countess has a lover.
In 1799, another opera based on the same play, La pazza giornata, ovvero Il matrimonio di Figaro, was produced in Venice with libretto by Gaetano Rossi and music by Marcos Portugal.
The Marriage of Figaro picks up three years following the end of The Barber of Seville as Figaro is engaged to be married to Suzanne; both characters are among the Count's staff in his dwelling.
Various intrigues ensue, during which Suzanne and the Countess change places to deceive both the Count and Figaro.
Eventually, Figaro learns that Suzanne has always been faithful to him.
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Figaro, who is the Count’s loyal factotum, helped his master win the hand of Rosine (known as Rosina in the opera), now the Countess Almaviva.
Figaro is betrothed to Suzanne, the Countess’s maid.