Cosi fan tutte

Composer: Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus 1756 - 1791

Version: English version by Jeremy Sams

One of Mozart’s last and most popular operas, the farcical Così fan tutte, ossia La scuola degli amanti (Thus Do They All, or The School For Lovers) premiered in Vienna in January 1790. SYNOPSIS: Don Alfonso, an old philosopher and cynic, is determined to prove to his two young friends, Guglielmo and Ferrando, that their fiancées, Fiordiligi and Dorabella, are not to be trusted - like any other woman. With the help of Despina, the ladies’ maid, Alfonso lays his plot. First he tells them that as officers, their lovers have been called up on duty; and as a part of the old man’s plan, he introduces the sisters to two Albanians, who are, of course, Guglielmo and Ferrando disguised. After inner conflicts the two women succumb to the advances of the Albanians, forcing Guglielmo and Ferrando to concede defeat. However, Don Alfonso reveals the plot to the two deceived ladies and they are reconciled with their original lovers.