Cosi fan tutte
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


Opera in two acts
composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
ibretto: Lorenzo Da Ponte
first performance: 1790
conductor: Kenneth Montgomery
director: Javier López Pińón
set and costume design: Fer Smidt
lighting design: Henk Kraayenzank
company: De Nieuwe Opera Academie
premiere: Kees van Baarenzaal, Den Haag, 4th Februari 2000



 


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A comic opera, perfectly balanced with songs and ensembles for everyone -but a comedy with a decidedly worrying side to it.
The title is one you couldn't get away with now: it means 'they all behave like this', and in ltalian 'tutte' refers to females -in other words, something like Women? They're AlI The Same!

The plot is simple -two guys make a bet to seduce each other's girlfriend in disguise to test their fidelity. lt all ends in tears of course, with the girls (who are only I5) eventually capitulating under extreme pressure from the guys and some older colleagues of theirs who should know better. .

Guglielmo and Ferrando are the two young soldiers. Their girlfriends happen to be sisters (Fiordiligi and Dorabella). Their colleague Don Alfonso, warning them of women's infidelity , is the one who challenges them to test their lovers by seducing them in disguise (as rich Albanians). So the men teIl their lovers they're off to war, and come back to seduce each other's woman. With help from a sly woman in on the scheme, Despina, they manage it: the sisters eventually cave in and agree to marry the other one.

Mozart's music reflects the moods and characters, with great beauty, tendemess, humour, and just a little bit of edge; a master of psychological profiling in music. The plot may seem plain silly on the surface (and no doubt highly inaccurate to anyone with even a passing knowledge of some men's fidelity). But seen as a story ofhow we can be tempted to meddle in emotional affairs and end up proving uncomfortable truths, it is a comedy with a rather serious aftertaste.

 




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