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About the performance

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart created three operas based on the libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte. The first two, Le Nozze di Figaro and Don Giovanni, quickly received public admiration and were considered masterpieces. The third part, Così fan tutte, ossia La scuola degli amanti waited for its lucky hour for a lot longer. Only one and a half centuries later was it fully appreciated, and these days it is staged as often as the other two operas.

Così fan tutte was first performed on the 26th of January 1790 in Vienna’s Burgtheater, but from February the theatres were shut due to the mourning of the death of Emperor Joseph II. In the summer of that year the opera was performed five times and then left the stage.

Premiered on May 24, 2014.

Presented with one interval.

Libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte

Scene:
New Stage
Auditorium
Run time:
3 hours 40 minutes
Language:
Italian

Sung in Italian with Russian surtitles

The score has been made available by
Neue Mozart-Ausgabe, Bärenreiter-Verlag
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Nikolai Kazansky as Don Alfonso.

Photo by Damir Yusupov.

Alexander Miminoshvili as Guglielmo. Yuri Gorodetsky as Ferrando.

Photo by Damir Yusupov.

Nikolai Kazansky as Don Alfonso. Alexandra Kadurina as Dorabella. Anna Kraynikova as Fiordiligi.

Photo by Damir Yusupov.

Oleg Tsybulko as Don Alfonso. Yulia Mazurova as Dorabella. Ekaterina Morozova as Fiordiligi.

Photo by Damir Yusupov.

Yuri Gorodetsky as Ferrando. Nikolai Kazansky as Don Alfonso. Alexander Miminoshvili as Guglielmo.

Photo by Damir Yusupov.

Anna Aglatova as Despina.

Photo by Elena Fetisova.

Nikolai Kazansky as Don Alfonso. Alexandra Kadurina as Dorabella. Anna Kraynikova as Fiordiligi.

Photo by Damir Yusupov.

Andrey Zhilikhovsky as Guglielmo. Ekaterina Morozova as Fiordiligi. Yulia Mazurova as Dorabella. Alexei Neklyudov as Ferrando.

Photo by Damir Yusupov.

Alexander Miminoshvili as Guglielmo. Anna Kraynikova as Fiordiligi. Yuri Gorodetsky as Ferrando. Alexandra Kadurina as Dorabella.

Photo by Damir Yusupov.

Erika Grimaldi as Fiordiligi.

Photo by Damir Yusupov.

Anastasia Sorokina as Despina.

Photo by Damir Yusupov.

A scene from the performance.

Photo by Elena Fetisova.

Yulia Mazurova as Dorabella. Andrey Zhilikhovsky as Guglielmo.

Photo by Elena Fetisova.

Evgeny Akhmedov as Ferrando.

Photo by Damir Yusupov.

Olga Seliverstova as Fiordiligi. Alexei Neklyudov as Ferrando.

Photo by Elena Fetisova.

Yulia Mazurova as Dorabella. Konstantin Shushakov as Guglielmo. Olga Seliverstova as Fiordiligi. Alexei Neklyudov as Ferrando.

Photo by Elena Fetisova.

A scene from the performance.

Photo by Elena Fetisova.

A scene from the performance.

Photo by Damir Yusupov.

Synopsis

Act I

Ferrando is in love with Dorabella and Guglielmo is in love with Fiordiligi, her sister. Don Alfonso outrages the men by stating that the girls will sooner or later be unfaithful to them; he makes a bet with them that he can prove his words within the space of a day, but that Ferrando and Guglielmo must follow his orders completely during that time. Dorabella and Fiordiligi are waiting impatiently and longingly for their lovers. Alfonso, however, arrives instead and imparts the disastrous news that their fiances must leave immediately for the battlefield. The couples swear eternal fidelity and with great difficulty the sisters bid farewell to their lovers. Ferrando and Guglielmo leave for the front.

Dorabella cannot restrain her despair. The servant girl Despina reacts matter-of-factly and advises the sisters to look for new lovers. Alfonso decides to involve Despina partially in his plans. He introduces her to two exotic foreigners whom he says are in love with Fiordiligi and Dorabella: Despina’s job is to help them obtain their desires. The men’s disguise is complete, for Despina does not recognise them. The sisters are horrified that strange men have gained access to their house. Fiordiligi is offended to the core by their shameless courting and proclaims the steadfastness of her and Dorabella’s fidelity.

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