Così fan tutte

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Zazerkalye Saint Petersburg State Children’s Music Theatre production

 

The splendid opera of Mozart "Cosi fan tutte" in the concert performance "Musica Aeterna Ensemble" and "The New Siberian Singers" (Novosibirsk) conductor Theodore Kurentzis

 Music of opera "Cosi fan tutte" it does not not a bit be inferior to the basic masterpieces of Mozart the "wedding of bolero" and the "Don to Juan". The second name of opera longer and refine - "so act all women". How precisely? Answer to this question simultaneously gives and does not give topical line of action, in which two friends, who decided to test the faithfulness of their friends, change clothes and fraudulently to themselves arrange trap, seizing very recently the still devoted friends in the inaccuracy. But happy end in the opera in spite of the frauds of every kind nevertheless begins.
The inspired craftsmanship of conductor Theodore kurentzis does not need idea. The associations, created by maestro v in the walls of the Novosibirsk theater of opera and ballet, will present setting in the fashionable nowadays "historically reliable version" - in the authentic manner.

Cosi fan tutte, ossia La scuola degli amanti (Thus Do They All, or The School for Lovers) is an Italian-language opera buffa in two acts by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart first performed in 1790. The libretto was written by Lorenzo Da Ponte.

Cosi fan tutte is one of the three Mozart operas for which Da Ponte wrote the libretto. The other two Da Ponte-Mozart collaborations were Le nozze di Figaro and Don Giovanni.

Although it is commonly held that Cosi fan tutte was written and composed at the suggestion of the Emperor Joseph II, recent research does not support this idea. There is evidence that Mozart's contemporary Antonio Salieri tried to set the libretto but left it unfinished. In 1994, John Rice uncovered two terzetti by Salieri in the Austrian National Library.

The title, Cosi fan tutte, literally means "Thus do all [women]" but it is often rendered as "Women are like that". The words are sung by the three men in act 2, scene 3, just before the finale. Da Ponte had used the line "Cosi fan tutte le belle" earlier in Le nozze di Figaro (in act 1, scene 7).

 

The first performance of Mozart's setting took place at the Burgtheater in Vienna on January 26, 1790. It was given only five times before the run was stopped by the death of the Emperor Joseph II and the resulting period of court mourning. It was performed twice in June 1790, with the composer conducting the second performance, and again in July (twice) and August (once). After that it was not played in Vienna during Mozart's lifetime. The first British performance was in May 1811, at the King's Theatre, London. Cosi fan tutte was not performed in the U.S. until 1922, when it was given at the Metropolitan Opera

According to William Mann, Mozart disliked prima donna Adriana Ferrarese del Bene, da Ponte's arrogant mistress for whom the role of Fiordiligi had been created. Knowing her idiosyncratic tendency to drop her chin on low notes and throw back her head on high ones, Mozart filled her showpiece aria Come scoglio with constant leaps from low to high and high to low in order to make Ferrarese's head "bob like a chicken" onstage.

The subject matter (see synopsis below) did not offend Viennese sensibilities of the time, but throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries it was considered risquй. The opera was rarely performed, and when it did appear it was presented in one of several bowdlerised libretti.

After World War II, it regained its place in the standard operatic repertoire. It is frequently performed and appears as number eleven on the Operabase list of the most-performed operas worldwide.

Louis Nowra uses the staging of Cosi fan tutte in a mental hospital as a background for his 1992 play Cosi.

 


Main Stage 1 Teatralnaya ploschad (1 Theatre Square), Moscow, Russia
New Stage Bol'shaya Dmitrovka Street, 4/2, Moscow, Russia
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