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COSÌ FAN TUTTE

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Dramma giocoso in two acts
Libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte
Season 2023-24
Duration: 3h30
Incl. 1 intermission
12

Is this really how they all do it?

When he set to work on his first work with the ‘imperial poet’ Lorenzo da Ponte in the autumn of 1785, it had been three years since Mozart had touched opera. Their first partnership on Le nozze di Figaro was an immediate triumph, so much so that the Emperor of Austria himself, who loved it, demanded more. In 1789, he commissioned a new opera buffa, while personally imposing the subject: the on-stage transposition of a (true-life) story that everyone in Vienna was talking about, that of two officers who, while stationed in Trieste, had… swapped wives! This was to be Così fan tutte. Both Mozart and Da Ponte outdid themselves. A Venetian familiar with the most tortuous paths of love and, more generally, with the whole range of emotional subtleties inherent to human nature, the poet delivers a pared-down work in which equivocation and offbeat humour are given free rein, in the purest buffa tradition. Perfectly in tune with these different levels of language and understanding, Mozart let himself be carried along by the plot, delivering a virtuoso score in terms of the refined combinations it offers: duets, ensembles, and even the use of the orchestra itself to spice up the whole thing with innuendo. And all this in barely a month!

Diego Fasolis
Conductor
Jean Liermier
Director
Arianna Vendittelli
Fiordiligi
Pavel Petrov 
Ferrando

First performance at the Burgtheater in Vienna on January 26, 1790
Published by Bärenreiter – Verlag Kassel – Basel – London – New York – Praha

Fiordiligi
Arianna Vendittelli
Dorabella
Wallis Giunta
Ferrando
Pavel Petrov 
Guglielmo
Robert Gleadow
Don Alfonso
Rubén Amoretti
Despina
Marie Lys
Conductor
Diego Fasolis
Director
Jean Liermier
Set design & costumes
Rudy Sabounghi
Lighting
Jean-Philippe Roy
Postiches and beards
Cécile Kretschmar
Director's assistant
Jean-Philippe Guilois

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