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The central character, a barber turned valet who both assists and circumvents his master Count Almaviva, of The Barber of Seville (1775) and The Marriage of Figaro (1784) by the French dramatist Pierre de Beaumarchais (1732–99); they inspired operas by Rossini and Mozart. Figaro was popularly seen as resisting the aristocratic abuse of personal power.

The French daily newspaper Le Figaro, originally founded in Paris in 1826 to comment on the arts, was named after him.

Subjects: Opera.

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