Così fan tutte
European Opera Centre

RCD1026
November 2018

Mozart’s original thoughts recreated and recorded for the first time.

Synopsis
Ferrando and Guglielmo – two friends – are in love with sisters Fiordiligi and Dorabella. Don Alfonso – an associate of Ferrando and Guglielmo – is increasingly frustrated by their naïvety in love. Alfonso has greater experience of the world and is conscious that relationships can change. He suggests a game to prove his point – a game in which Ferrando and Guglielmo become two of Alfonso’s imaginary friends. Alfonso with the help of Despina introduces Ferrando and Guglielmo in their new guise to Fiordiligi and Dorabella, who do not recognise their lovers. Let the game begin…!

A summary of Così fan tutte
chosen by the director, Bernard Rozet

Tutti accusan le donne, ed io le scuso se mille volte al dì cangiano amore; altri un vizio lo chiama, ed altri un uso, ed a me par necessità del core. L’amante che si trova alfin deluso non condanni l’altrui, ma il proprio errore; già che giovani, vecchie, e belle, e brutte, ripetete con me: Così fan tutte.

Everyone accuses women, but I forgive them even if a thousand times a day they change their minds in love; some call it a vice and others a habit, but for me it’s a necessity of the heart. The lover who finds himself betrayed shouldn’t blame others, it’s just his own mistake; whether they’re young, old, beautiful or ugly, repeat after me: Così fan tutte.

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