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Squashed Carnations at Aguas Frescas

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“Just look at these carnations” moans Antonio, the gardener on the estate of Count Almaviva at the castle of Aguas Frescas in the country outside Seville.

At this moment of horticultural crisis for Antonio, the plot of Mozart’s opera Le Nozze di Figaro has reached a peak of confusion: the love-stricken page Cherubino has managed to escape being discovered in the Countess’s rooms by the Count by jumping from the balcony into the garden below, and the Count has been tricked into believing that it was the Countess’s maid Susanna who had been hiding in the locked cupboard, and not Cherubino, as he suspected…