Così fan tutte

February 17. 2018 - March 16. 2018

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February 17. 2018 - March 16. 2018

Così fan tutte


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.

  • Language: Sung in Italian with projected English translations
  • Running Time: 3 hours, 25 minutes with 1 intermission
  • Location: Lyric Opera House

Così fan tutte

by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Warner Classics recording — Schwarzkopf, Ludwig, Kraus, cond. Böhm.
Musical excerpts provided through a generous arrangement with Warner Classics, Official Education and Promotion Music Provider for Lyric Opera of Chicago. 

“Una bella serenata”

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“Alla bella Despinetta”

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“Prenderò quel brunettino”

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Così fan tutte

by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Lyric Opera Commentaries are sponsored by the Patrick G. and Shirley Welsh Ryan Foundation in memory of their parents.

© 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.
A project of the Women’s Board


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

Program book

Go inside this production of Così fan tutte with engaging articles, notes from the director, a complete plot synopsis, artist bios, and more.

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Meet the artists

* Lyric Opera debut

Lyric presentation of Mozart’s Così fan tutte generously made possible by

Lead sponsor

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.

Photos: Cory Weaver