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  • Model: Mozart's operas
  • Pieces referenced:
    • Found a Peanut
    • Stephen Foster, "Oh, Susanna"
    • Rimsky-Korsakov, "Flight of the Bumblebee"
    • Ta-ra-ra-boom-de-ay
    • Mozart, Overture to The Abduction from the Seraglio
    • Mozart, "Wer ein Liebchen hat gefunden" from The Abduction from the Seraglio
    • Mozart, "Singt dem grossen Bassa Lieder" from The Abduction from the Seraglio
    • Chopsticks
    • Beethoven, "Eroica" Symphony
    • Mozart, "Ich bin der Vogelfänger" from The Magic Flute
    • Mozart, "Signore maschere" from Don Giovanni
  • Other allusions:
    • The title of The Abduction of Figaro combines Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro and The Abduction from the Seraglio.
    • The "Dance of the Seven Pails" suggests Richard Strauss's "Dance of the Seven Veils," though there's no strong musical resemblance.
    • Several character names suggest characters in Mozart operas.
      • Susanna Susannadanna: Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro.
      • Donald Giovanni: Don Giovanni in the opera of the same name.
      • Schlepporello: Don Giovanni's servant Leoporello.
      • Donna Donna: Donna Elvira and Donna Anna in Don Giovanni.
      • Pecadillo: Pedrillo in The Abduction from the Seraglio.
      • Blondie: Blonde in The Abduction from the Seraglio.
      • Pasha Shaboom: Pasha Selim in The Abduction from the Seraglio.
      • Opec: Osmin in The Abduction from the Seraglio.
      • Papa Geno: Papageno in The Magic Flute.
      • Mama Geno: Papagena in The Magic Flute.
P.D.Q07:09

P.D.Q. Bach "The Abduction of Figaro" - Act I, Scene I

The Abduction of Figaro, opening scene

The first act is in an opera buffa style, with recitatives between set pieces. The second act shifts to the Singspiel style, with spoken dialogue.

Opec, who corresponds to Osmin in The Abduction from the Seraglio, is a counter-tenor instead of a deep bass. This goes along with the possibility that a person employed in his position would be a eunuch.

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