Così fan tutte
|Così fan tutte|
|by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart|
Portrait by Doris Stock, 1789
|Genre||Opera buffa in 2 acts|
|Translation||Women are like that|
|Librettist||Lorenzo Da Ponte|
26 January 1790
Così fan tutte, ossia La scuola degli amanti (Women are like that, or The school for lovers) is an opera buffa with music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and an Italina libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte. Così premiered at the Burgtheater in Vienna on 26 January 1790.
Legend says the opera was based on a real-life incident that occurred in Vienna. In the 19th century, the opera was considered somewhat naughty, and was rarely performed. Modern critics however believe that the music is some of Mozart's finest, and the opera is now frequently performed around the world.
Cast[change | change source]
- Fiordiligi (soprano), Dorabella's sister and Guglielmo's lover
- Dorabella (soprano), Fiordiligi's sister and Ferrando's lover
- Despina (soprano), maid to Fiordiligi and Dorabella
- Ferrando (tenor), a soldier and Dorabella's lover
- Guglielmo (bass), a soldier and Fiordiligi's lover
- Don Alfonso (bass), a cynical bachelor
Story[change | change source]
The opera is set in Naples in the 18th century. Don Alfonso wagers two young soldiers that their sweethearts will prove unfaithful if given the chance. The men accept the bet. They tell their sweethearts that they have been called to the front and leave Naples.
They return however as turban-clad, moustache-wearing "Albanians" to woo each other's sweetheart. With the conniving of Despina, the two sisters consent to marry the foreigners. At the last moment, the men remove their disguises, and rebuke their faithless sweethearts.