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Così fan tutte (2016)

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Running time: About 3 hours 35 minutes, including one interval

Così fan tutte (2016)

Semyon Bychkov conducts a cast of young, up-and-coming talent including American soprano Corinne Winters in a new production of Mozart’s opera on the nature of love.

The story

Ferrando and Guglielmo are convinced that their girlfriends Dorabella and Fiordiligi would never be unfaithful. Their friend Don Alfonso doubts this and persuades the men to try an experiment. Ferrando and Guglielmo must pretend to have been called away to war; they will then return in disguise and attempt to seduce their former girlfriends. If they don't succeed within 24 hours, Alfonso will pay them a large sum of money.

To begin with, all appears to go well: Fiordiligi and Dorabella spurn their 'suitors' and the men eagerly anticipate their winnings. But as Alfonso and his assistant Despina step up the pressure and the men try to woo each other's girlfriend, things get more complicated. Are the girls as loyal as the men thought? Are any of them the people they thought they were?

Background

Così fan tutte contains some of Mozart's most beautiful arias and attractive ensembles, and is packed with both pathos and humour. German director Jan Philipp Gloger is inspired by Così's alternative title, 'the school for lovers', to set his production in a theatre, with Don Alfonso as an impresario who leads the four lovers on a role-playing journey full of picturesque settings. By the end, everyone has, in Gloger's words, learnt that 'love is not a God-given thing, but something that we have to fight for, find, define, create and dream newly, almost every day'.

Così fan tutte was Mozart's final collaboration with the Italian librettist Lorenzo da Ponte, who based his story on a variety of sources including Greek myths and Renaissance tales. Così was slower to find success than Mozart and Da Ponte's previous collaborations, Le nozze di Figaro and Don Giovanni. Its first run of performances was cut short by the death of Emperor Joseph II, and in the 19th century many viewed its plot as immoral or even cruel. However, since the second half of the 20th century its wonderful music and Mozart and Da Ponte's witty, compassionate examination of young love have ensured its lasting popularity.

Credits

Music

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Libretto

Lorenzo da Ponte

Director

Jan Philipp Gloger

Set designer

Ben Baur

Costume designer

Karin Jud

Lighting designer

Bernd Purkrabek

Dramaturg

Katharina John

Performed by
The Royal Opera

Performers

Conductor
Semyon Bychkov
Fiordiligi
Corinne Winters
Dorabella
Angela Brower
Ferrando
Daniel Behle
Guglielmo
Alessio Arduini
Don Alfonso
Johannes Martin Kränzle
Despina
Sabina Puértolas
Chorus
Royal Opera Chorus
Concert Master
Peter Manning
Orchestra
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

Così fan tutte Digital Programme

Così fan tutte Digital Programme
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Cast sheets

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