Mozart had hoped to obtain a position at the court of the Habsburg Emperor Joseph II, which would give him the financial security of an annual income. However, the strong Italian musical influence at court under the leading court musician Antonio Salieri made this difficult, and no vacancies were forthcoming. One way to gain court approval was to produce a successful opera. Mozart collaborated with Lorenzo da Ponte, a well-known poet and librettist, to produce a comic opera Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro). First performed on 1 May 1786 at the Burgtheater in Vienna, the opera was well received, and nine further performances were given that year.