Production photo of Così Fan Tutte ©2019 ROH. Photograph by Stephen Cummiskey

Così fan tutte

25 June9 July 2022
The performance will last approximately 3 hours 30 minutes with one interval.
Main Stage
Opera and music

Following a bet, two young men disguise themselves and attempt to seduce each other’s girlfriends with unexpected and comical results. The lovers learn, in director Jan Philipp Gloger’s words, that ‘love is not a Godgiven thing, but something that we have to fight for, find, define, create and dream newly, almost every day’.

Mozart’s beautiful score contains some of the composer’s most attractive arias and is packed with humour. 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 librettist Da Ponte’s witty, compassionate examination of young love have ensured its lasting popularity.

Sung in Italian with English surtitles

Generous philanthropic support from

Julia and Hans Rausing and the Patrons of Covent Garden



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?


Cast may vary depending on date. Go to dates and prices to view casting.


CompanyThe Royal Opera

MusicWolfgang Amadeus Mozart

LibrettoLorenzo da Ponte

DirectorJan Philipp Gloger

Set designerBen Baur

Costume designerKarin Jud

Lighting designerBernd Purkrabek

DramaturgKatharina John


There is lift access and step-free seating to most levels of the Main Stage auditorium, except the Orchestra Stalls, which are reached by a minimum of nine steps. There are more than 100 seats in the Stalls Circle, Balcony and Amphitheatre which are accessible without the need to negotiate steps. In addition, many seats in these areas and in the Donald Gordon Grand Tier and Orchestra Stalls are accessible by 10 steps or fewer. Find out more about accessing the Main Stage Auditorium.

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