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Così fan tutte

Mozart

Così fan tutte was Mozart’s third and final collaboration with librettist Lorenzo da Ponte, following Le nozze di Figaro and Don Giovanni.

Two young officers, Ferrando and Guglielmo, boast about the beauty and virtue of their girlfriends,

Così fan tutte

Mozart

Così fan tutte was Mozart’s third and final collaboration with librettist Lorenzo da Ponte, following Le nozze di Figaro and Don Giovanni.

Two young officers, Ferrando and Guglielmo, boast about the beauty and virtue of their girlfriends, the sisters Fiordiligi and Dorabella. Their older friend, the cynical Don Alfonso is sceptical and proposes a wager: if they give him one day and do everything he asks, he will prove to them that the sisters are unfaithful, like all other women. Amused, and confident of their girlfriends’ fidelity, Ferrando and Guglielmo agree.

The men pretend to be called away to war, only to return in disguise: each begins to woo the other’s lover. It quickly becomes clear that the feelings of all four lovers are much more complicated than any of them had thought.

 

Performed by Teatro Di San Carlo from Napoli

Cast:

 

Conductor Andrea Albertin
Dorabella Chiara Tirotta
Fiordiligi Karen Gardeazabal
Guglielmo Maharram Huseynov
Ferrando Francisco Brito
Despina Nao Yokomae   
Don Alfonso Abramo Rosalen

 

 

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Synopsis

ACT I

Naples. Two young officers, Ferrando and Guglielmo, boast about the beauty and virtue of their girls, the sisters Fiordiligi and Dorabella. Their older friend, the cynical Don Alfonso, declares that a woman’s constancy is like the phoenix—everyone talks about it but no one has actually seen it. He proposes a wager: if they’ll give him one day and do everything he asks, he will prove to them that the sisters are unfaithful, like all other women. Amused, the young men agree. Fiordiligi and Dorabella think of their lovers, imagining that they will soon be married. Alfonso’s plot begins when he arrives with terrible news: the young officers have been called away to their regiment. Ferrando and Guglielmo appear, apparently heartbroken, and the four make tearful farewells. The sisters’ maid, Despina, complains about how much work she has to do around the house. The girls enter and Dorabella vents her despair. Despina refuses to take them seriously: they should simply find new lovers, since men are unworthy of a woman’s fidelity. Alfonso arrives and bribes Despina to assist him, without revealing his plot. Ferrando and Guglielmo enter, disguised as “Albanians”, and declare their admiration for the ladies, each addressing the other’s girlfriend. The sisters firmly reject their advances, Fiordiligi comparing her constancy to a rock in a storm. Left alone, the men are confident of winning the bet. As the sisters continue to lament the absence of their lovers, the “foreigners” return, pretending to have poisoned themselves in despair over their rejection. Despina and Alfonso go off to fetch help, leaving the two girls to care for the strangers. Despina reappears disguised as a doctor and pretends to draw out the poison with a magnet. When Ferrando and Guglielmo request kisses in order to fully recover, the sisters again reject them, but it is clear they’re beginning to show interest in the strangers.

ACT II

Despina lectures her mistresses on how to handle men and the sisters agree that there can be no harm in a little flirtation. They decide on their partners, each picking the other’s suitor. Guglielmo, flirting with Dorabella, succeeds in replacing her portrait of Ferrando with his own gift. Ferrando is less lucky with Fiordiligi. Ferrando is certain they have won the wager. Guglielmo is happy to hear that Fiordiligi has been faithful to him, but when he shows his friend the portrait he took from Dorabella, Ferrando is furious. Guglielmo, adopting Alfonso’s philosophy, blames it on the women. He asks Alfonso to pay him his half of the winnings, but Alfonso reminds him that the day is not yet over. Suddenly Ferrando appears, he tries one last time to seduce her and succeeds. Guglielmo is furious, but Alfonso declares that this is the way women are. A man who has been deceived can only blame himself. The sisters have agreed to marry the “foreigners.” Everything is ready and Alfonso arrives with the notary— Despina in another disguise. As Fiordiligi and Dorabella sign the contract, military music announces the return of their former lovers. In a panic, they hide their intended husbands, who return as their real selves, first pretending surprise at their reception, then, when they discover the marriage contract, blaming the girls and threatening revenge. Finally, the men reveal their ruse and Fiordiligi and Dorabella ask forgiveness. Alfonso reminds the lovers to learn their lesson.

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