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.