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Così fan tutte

Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte

University Opera Theatre • University Philharmonia Orchestra

March 24-27. 2016 (Easter Sunday) • Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre

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Egged on by a cynical misogynist, Don Alfonso, who claims that women are by nature unfaithful, two young men bet that their girlfriends, who are sisters, will remain loyal. Drawn away by a trumped up call to arms and aided by Alfonso and a maid, the men return in disguise to woo the girls in an intriguing and often comic game of fiancée swapping. The sisters initially resist the advances, but eventually break down after a series of tricks, and declare their adoration for their new loves. But sometimes a joke can go too far and the young men begin to regret their actions as they find their own hearts are equally susceptible to change. When the young men reveal their deception to the sisters and their own disloyalty, all bets are off as the capriciousness of love muddles who really loves whom.

Così fan tutte is the third and last of Mozart’s great operas written with librettist Lorenzo da Ponte, following closely on the heels of their success with Don Giovanni. The score is one of unsurpassed tenderness and perception - a complete union of words and music. Così features beautiful arias including “Come scoglio,” “Smanie implacabili,” and “Per pietà” and incomparable ensembles that highlight both the laughter and pathos in the story. The opera’s plot was considered scandalous during its time and only gained international popularity in the 20th century. An exquisite and intimate opera written at the summit of Mozart’s creative genius, Così fan tutte is a delightful tale about the ties of love.



Artistic Staff

Director Kay Walker Costaldo
Conductor Kathleen Kelly
Scenic Designer Jeff Bauer
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Stage Manager Rachel Kaplow



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Photography Credits:

U-M Photo Services

Joe Welsh

Peter Smith

David Smith

Glen Behring

Tom Bower