Discovering Opera - Cosi Fan Tutte29 June 2011 by Cristina
Così fan tutte, ossia La scuola degli amanti (Thus Do They All, or The School For Lovers)
The cynical Don Alfonso makes a bet with Ferrando and Guglielmo that their fiancées, the sisters Dorabella and Fiordiligi, can't be faithful to them. They accept, agree to follow his instructions, and plan how to use their winnings.
Wolfgang Mozart wrote some 20 operas, four of them extremely famous: Così fan tutte, Le Nozze di Figaro pan (The Marriage of Figaro), Don Giovanni, and Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute).
Così fan tutte is a comic opera (buffa) with an unusual title. Così means "in this way" or "like this," fan means "do," and tutte means the Italian feminine version for "all." So the title can be translated as "In this way do all (women)" or "Like this do all (women)." Or it can even be "Women are all Alike." It's a farce, a fun opera, nevertheless, the genius Mozart wrote some of his great music.
Presented by Cristina Burns.
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