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.

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Così fan tutte

by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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

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“Alla bella Despinetta”
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Così fan tutte

by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

commentary by Nicholas Ivor Martin
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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

Fiordiligi

Marianne Crebassa

Dorabella

Andrew Stenson

Ferrando

Joshua Hopkins

Guglielmo

Alessandro Corbelli

Don Alfonso

Elena Tsallagova*

Despina

James Gaffigan*

Conductor

Bruno Ravella

Revival Director

John Cox

Original Director

Robert Perdziola

Designer

Chris Maravich

Lighting Designer

Michael Black

Chorus Master

* Lyric Opera debut
† Ryan Opera Center alumni
‡ Current Member, Ryan Opera Center

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.

Photo Credit: Cory Weaver