COSÌ FAN TUTTE

by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
FEBRUARY 17 – MARCH 16
Sung in Italian with projected English translations


 

Così fan tutte Opera Overview

Subtitled “The School for Lovers,” this beloved Mozart comedy is a probing look into romantic relationships. It starts out with a cynical philosopher’s bet that two beautiful young women can’t remain faithful to their fiancés for 24 hours. As the intrigue deepens, the young women’s affections—and those of the young men—move into a new place that’s risky and scary. The couples’ feelings reveal themselves through the sheer genius of Mozart and his brilliant librettist, Da Ponte. Così fan tutte is the epitome of sophisticated, thought-provoking entertainment.
“Ana María Martínez’s soprano harks back to the golden age…as impressive in its quiet moments as it is at full power.”
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PRODUCTION SPONSORS

THE NEGAUNEE
FOUNDATION
RANDY L. AND
MELVIN R. BERLIN
MARION A.
CAMERON
NANCY AND
SANFRED KOLTUN
 
 

 
Così fan tutte is a joint production of Opéra de Monte-Carlo and San Francisco Opera.
 



Approximate Running Time: 3 hours, 23 minutes with 1 intermission

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Photo: Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera

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Synopsis


Two young officers, Ferrando and Guglielmo, make a wager with their older, cynical friend Don Alfonso that their fiancées, Fiordiligi and Dorabella, can remain faithful for 24 hours. In a musical diversion that involves mischief, mustaches, and mistaken identities, Così fan tutte explores the complexities of love, with laughter and a little heartbreak in this bittersweet comedy.


 
Così fan tutte

Audio Highlights

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Warner Classics recording — Schwarzkopf, Ludwig, Kraus, cond. Böhm. Courtesy of Warner Classics.

“Una bella serenata”


“Alla bella Despinetta”


“Prenderò quel brunettino”



Così fan tutte

Opera Commentary


commentary by Nicholas Ivor Martin



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The wittiest and most sophisticated of Mozart’s operas is Così fan tutte (That’s What Women Do), the tale of an aging, cynical philosopher who makes a bet with two young men that their fiancées can’t remain faithful for 24 hours.

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Music for Così fan tutte provided by through generous arrangement with Warner Classics, Official Education and Promotion Music Provider for Lyric Opera of Chicago.

© 2017/18 Lyric Opera Commentaries Original sound recordings of musical excerpts used by permission of Warner Music Group. All rights reserved. Recording & Production services provided by Mark Travis.
Lyric Opera Commentaries are sponsored by the Patrick G. and Shirley Welsh Ryan Foundation in memory of their parents.

Photos: Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera
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