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The Metropolitan Opera Presents: Così fan tutte

Item# 9781574674453

The Metropolitan Opera Presents: Così fan tutte – Libretto, Background, and Photos

Release Date: April 25, 2014

The Metropolitan Opera Presents: Così fan tutte  provides a wealth of information to help you appreciate Mozart’s opera, whether you’re at the Met, watching it online, as a Live in HD presentation, or listening on the radio.

Mozart’s Così fan tutte is one of opera’s most entertaining contemporary comedies.  It is the scandalous tale of Guglielmo and Ferrando, who go off to war only to have their fiancés overcome their grief within a few days, and agree to marry two attractive strangers, who turn out to be their fiancés in disguise!

Each book in the Metropolitan Opera Presents series features the complete libretto, current and historic images from Met productions, an introductory “In Focus” feature, and the full Met program notes.

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Authors: Lorenzo Da Ponte
Series: Amadeus
Publisher: Amadeus Press

  • Softcover
  • Dimensions: 6" x 9"
  • Pages: 208

Così fan tutte
The third and final collaboration between Mozart and librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte is a fascinating paradox: a frothy comedy of manners with an intensely dark take on human nature; an old story (it has antecedents in Boccaccio, Shakespeare, and Cervantes, among others) with a startlingly modern tone; and a beautiful score depicting questionable behavior. Così fan tutte was only moderately successful at its premiere and remained just outside the standard repertoire for more than a century. Così still poses unique challenges, and correspondingly unique rewards, for the public today. Every possible impression of love—from the loftiest to the basest—is explored in this extraordinary opera. Premiere: Vienna, Court Theater, 1790.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791)

The opera is set in Naples. With its natural beauty and abundant sunshine, the city became the equivalent of a tourist destination in the 18th century. It has been suggested that the preponderance of woodwinds in the score is meant to evoke the breezy atmosphere of the seashore.


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