In a fascinating talk on The Marriage of Figaro at a special panel on "Listening to Mozart"  one scholar noted the importance of listening within the plot of the opera: characters are repeatedly "saying,"  Listen to me! or What did I hear?  or else they are hearing things they are not supposed to hear, as they are hidden behind furniture or under blankets pretending they are not there at all.
It was a brilliant calling attention to attentiveness.
And all this after the "motto" of the afternoon, furnished by Mozart himself:  "I want you to hear this!"


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