Sunday, November 10, 2013

MOZART : COSI FAN TUTTE

 Radio New Zealand Concert network
Sunday 27th of September 2015 at 6.03 - 9.10 pm
Sunday 25th of May 2014 at 6.03 -10.10 pm
Sunday 10th of November 2013 at 3.03 - 6.10 pm

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART (1756-1791)
MOZART: Così fan tutte, an opera in two acts
Betting on the fidelity of their ladyloves,
two gentlemen get more than they bargained for
2015
MOZART: Così fan tutte, an opera in two acts
Fiordiligi...................... Juliane Banse
Dorabella..................... Maite Beaumont
Guglielmo.................... Joël Prieto
Ferrando...................... Joan Martin-Royo
Despina........................ Sabina Puértolas
Don Alfonso................ Pietro Spagnoli
Gran Teatro del Liceu Chorus & Orch/Josep Pons  
(recorded in Gran Teatro del Liceu, Barcelona

2014
Fiordiligi........................... Susanna Phillips
Dorabella.......................... Isabel Leonard
Guglielmo......................... Rodion Pogossov
Ferrando........................... Matthew Polenzani
Despina............................. Danielle de Niese
Don Alfonso..................... Maurizio Muraro
Metropolitan Opera Chorus & Orch/James Levine

 2013
Così fan tutte, an opera in two acts
Fiordiligi........................... Miah Persson
Dorabella.......................... Angela Brower
Guglielmo......................... Adam Plachetka
Ferrando........................... Rolando Villazón
Despina............................. Mojca Erdmann
Don Alfonso..................... Alessandro Corbelli
Rastatt Vocal Ensemble, CO of Europe/Yannick Nézet-Séguin (DG 479 0641)

PROLOG
SYNOPSIS
STORYLINE
LIBRETTO (ITALIAN)
LIBRETTO (Italian/English/Deutsch) 
SCORE

The first thing to is establish the meaning of the title of this comic opera.
Così fan tutte, means literally (in its literal sense) "Thus do all (females)", or idiomatically "All women are like that", or "They all do it". But what is this referring to? Well, the answer could be summed up as La donna è mobile (The lady is fickle, or Women are changeable or There is nothing like a dame for being upwardly and widely mobile). The story is about changing partners, or swapping fiancées.
   There is a subtitle, La scuola degli amanti (The school of lovers): they have a lesson to learn about fidelity, under the direction of a philosopher.

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