Così fan tutte
By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
- Language - Sung in Italian with projected English translations
- Running Time - 3 hours, 25 minutes with 1 intermission
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.
Così fan tutte
by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Warner Classics recording — Schwarzkopf, Ludwig, Kraus, cond. Böhm. Courtesy of Warner Classics.
“Alla bella Despinetta”
“Prenderò quel brunettino”
Così fan tutte 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.
TIME: August 1914
PLACE: A hotel at a Mediterranean resort
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Meet The Artists
Ana María Martínez
* Lyric Opera debut
† Ryan Opera Center alumni
‡ Current Member, Ryan Opera Center